1 Kings 1:41-53
Now you may recall that while Solomon was being anointed King, Adonijah was having a party of his own in En Rogel. During the party, Joab hears the horn blowing and asks why the city is in an uproar. Soon Jonathan, the son of Abiathar, comes and tells them that David has made Solomon king and all the people are rejoicing. Well, how do you think Adonijah’s guests feel at this announcement? They are afraid!! They have been supporting the wrong guy!! So they all quickly got up and left, but Adonijah goes to the tabernacle and grabs hold of the horns of the altar. This was kind of like being on base in tag. No one could harm you while you held onto the altar. This gave people a chance to get others to listen to them while they pled their case. Adonijah sends word to Solomon to please spare his life.
Solomon responds that if Adonijah proves himself worthy no one will hurt him, but if he misbehaves he will die. Solomon was basically giving Adonijah a chance to accept his leadership and do the right thing. However Solomon makes it clear that he will not tolerate misbehavior. Adonijah leaves the altar and comes to bow before King Solomon. Solomon tells him that he can go home, for now.
Both Adonijah and Solomon appear to be behaving in a godly manner. Adonijah asks forgiveness for basically trying to steal Solomon’s throne and Solomon agrees to forgive. We will have to see if their behavior continues so.
Would you have let Adonijah go? Why or why not? Should we give people second chances? Does God give us second chances?