Well, once more we see a member of David’s family trying to take the throne.
Adonijah knows that David is near death, and he thinks that by being proactive he can take the throne. He knows that Solomon is the one chosen to succeed David, and once David dies it will be too late because Solomon will immediately become king.
Adonijah is clever, in that he gathers all of his brothers (except Solomon), Joab (the general of the army) and Abiathar (the high priest) and all the other men of Judah to his coronation party. He figures that with all of these men in attendance he’ll have it all wrapped up.
But the prophet Nathan is a wise man, and he short circuits Adonijah’s plan by letting Bathsheba know what’s going on. There is good evidence that Bathsheba was David’s most loved wife, and she had no problem getting immediate access to David to let him know what was happening.
So David told them what to do to squash Adonijah’s plan and make Solomon king post haste.
Once Adonijah heard that Solomon was crowned, he rightfully feared for his life, but Solomon showed him grace.
Will we hear more of Adonijah? Stay with me as we continue the reading of 1 Kings in our journey on the Lifespring! Family Audio Bible.
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