Read 131.) I Kings 1:1 thru 2:12, and I Chronicles 29:23 thru 30. We’re back now to the historical narrative that is His-story! We open with some drama and intrigue where David’s 4th son, Adonijah, ambitiously seeks to take the throne before his father dies and Solomon is coronated. David’s 1st born, Amnon (II Sam.13), and 3rd born, Absalom (II Sam.14:1 – 19:8), are dead already; and we’ve never read what had ever become of his 2nd born son, Kileab. It is presumed that he, too, is dead. The throne would naturally fall to the surviving oldest son, Adonijah, and, so, he has decided that he will take it! He made some powerful allies, but was also opposed by others in high places. From verse 10, we can assume that he was well-aware that the throne was supposed to go his younger brother Solomon, David’s 10th born son, as per the promise of God to David, and so it would appear that he had little regard for the God of his father, like Absalom before him.
Adonijah then did that which any man in that day would have done to put himself in the place of king over all Israel, along with those powerful supporters who had allied with him. But, word of this move got to these others in leadership and power who had not allied with Adonijah, nor had they been invited to the ‘coronation’ he had arranged for himself. Hastening, through the aged and ailing King David, they made in instant way to bring about a coronation exercise nearer to Jerusalem, and the throne, that resulted in Solomon being crowned and enthroned even before Adonijah and his council could complete their own celebration and seize power. The result was an immediate rout, as all those with Adonijah very quickly abandoned him. He fled for refuge, which was at the horns of the altar in the Tabernacle of the Lord; from which he was brought down and taken to King Solomon. Solomon had mercy upon him, and sentenced him to an in-house confinement for further, later consideration. If evil was found in him, he would be executed. Which will it be? We shall very soon find out!
Now, the time for David to die had come. It is believed to be right around 970 BC. With I Kings 2:1-12, we have David’s final charge to his son, Solomon; and it has to do with his continued obedience unto the Lord, and the Law of Moses. After that, he charges Solomon with 3 other matters of ‘unfinished business’ of a more personal nature, and 2 have to do with either revenge, or justice, depending upon how you choose to look upon them.
In any case, David, as godly as he was, was still as much a man as any other; and he specifically put each matter into the hands of Solomon, directing him to act wisely. We will soon see whether he does, or not! Then, with the very last of I Chronicles, we conclude on a note that Solomon is firmly ensconced upon the throne of the Lord over all Israel. And, God is about His business of bringing forth Messiah. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell