April 12, 2017

April 12, 2017

1 KINGS 1-2

Focus Verse: Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king.” So he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen with fifty men to run before him.
1 Kings 1:5

 

In a million different ways, we are Adonijah in this story. God had clearly spoken to King David that Solomon was going to be the next King of Israel. But Adonijah thought that he could get around that “little obstacle”. After all, he was the oldest son of David (after Absalom’s death), he deserved this.

 

And that’s where we get into hot water. We, just like Adonijah, think that we deserve things from God. So what do we do? We jump on His throne. We make decisions, judgments, choices, that aren’t ours to be making. We play the role of God.

 

Doesn’t that sound familiar? It should. It’s how Adam and Eve got into hot water. That was the only rule in the Garden of Eden. God told Adam and Eve, “Don’t sit in my chair. It’s my job to determine what is good and what is bad.” But we don’t like that…especially in today’s western culture.

 

“Who does God think He is, that He’s allowed to dictate what’s right and wrong without my approval?” Now we probably wouldn’t actually say that, because it makes us sound really stupid. We get angry with God (or at least His followers) for thinking He can be a moral authority, but in doing so, we become the moral authority. We get angry with God for the awful things that happen in the world. But once again, we’re taking that bait that satan dangled in front of Adam and Eve. “Come, sit in His chair. You can decide what’s right and wrong. You can give yourself meaning in this life. You don’t need Him.”

 

But we can’t. Adam and Eve couldn’t and neither can we. Just like Adonijah tried to get around God’s will of making Solomon king. It didn’t work, and he actually lost his life because of his continued attempts to take a throne that wasn’t his.

 

Jesus Christ, God’s own Son, didn’t try to take God’s throne (Philippians 2). And He actually had every right to! Why in the world do we think that we should?

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