1 Kings 1:1-40
As we begin a new book, we are coming to the end of an old king. 1 Kings tells us that David had become old and couldn’t even keep himself warm. He is approaching death but he has not made a public proclamation about who will be king after him. Adonijah was Absalom’s younger brother and he begins to assume he will be king. He started traveling with a procession. He began conferring with leaders to get their support. Specifically, Joab, the commander of the army and Abiathar, a priest, support Adonijah. However, Zadok, a priest, the prophet Nathan and Benaiah, the captain of the royal guard, know this is not what David wants.
When Adonijah invites his supporters to En Rogel for a party and sacrifice, Nathan decides to take action since this is basically a first step of Adonijah declaring himself king. Along with Bathsheba, Nathan devises a plan to confront David about the situation. Bathsheba goes and tells David what is going on and while she is still there Nathan comes and confirms it. Nathan and Bathsheba both know that David intends for Solomon to be king, because he is the Lord’s choice.
Taking immediate action, King David calls Zadok, Nathan ad Benaiah together. He orders them to take Solomon and anoint him with oil and proclaim him king. Then to return to the palace and seat Solomon on David’s throne. The leaders, along with the king’s personal guard, place Solomon on the king’s donkey and take him to the tabernacle. Zadok anoints Solomon and then they blow the official horn of the tabernacle. All the people gather and begin to say “Long live King Solomon.” The people then follow Solomon back to the palace in a giant parade filled with music and singing. Solomon is the new king!!
King David had not shared with everyone his plan for the kingdom. Because of this people made assumptions about what was going to happen. We need to be clear about things with the people around us. When we don’t talk about what we want or how we feel, others have to guess. And unfortunately they usually guess wrong!! Clear communication makes everything easier and prevents a lot of problems!
Play ‘I Spy.’ After a few rounds talk about how much easier it would be to figure out the item with more description than just a color. Guessing is fun in a game, but can cause confusion in real life!