Division: A Study in 1 Kings


What does it say?

Adonijah attempted to steal his father David's throne. His plans were averted, and Solomon was anointed as the rightful king.

What does it mean?

David's failing health meant transitioning his throne to one of his sons. In an unprecedented move, Adonijah attempted to make himself king by orchestrating an elaborate coronation. His creation of an entourage, sacrifice of animals, and invitation of many influential people gave the illusion that he was the true recipient of the throne. Arrogance and ambition drove Adonijah to steal what rightfully belonged to someone else. He purposely did not involve anyone who would have called him on his sin. Adonijah could not take what was not his and was shamed as a result.

How should I respond?

Manipulation and deception have no place in the life of a follower of Christ. While few of us act on the scale that Adonijah did, we may still try to justify our actions by creating circumstances that support our desires. How might arrogance be reflected in your thinking? How does personal ambition affect the counsel you take into account? Do you choose people who give the answers you want or those who keep you grounded in reality? Consider your choice of advisors carefully. Though their admonition may hurt, it may be just what you need to hear (Proverbs 27:6).