Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
1 Kings 2:13 (NIV)
Now Adonijah, the son of Haggith, went to Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother. Bathsheba asked him, “Do you come peacefully?” He answered, “Yes, peacefully.”
1 Kings 2:13-14 (MSG)
Adonijah son of Haggith came to Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother. She said, “Do you come in peace?” He said, “In peace.”
“Now Adonijah the son of [David and] Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. She said, “Do you come in peace?” And he said, “In peace.”-AMPLIFIED
The direction of the story turns back to Adonijah for just a bit. We find this fourth son of David who has not so long ago been given a new lease on life up to his old tricks still. (Remember, he had declared himself king as his father lay dying. David though overruled his decision and made Solomon king.) Adonijah had every opportunity to do the right thing now and support Solomon as king, but we find him in today’s passage using his wiles to try and usurp the kingdom away from his brother.
Adonijah comes to Bathsheba, Solomon’s own mother, and seeks an audience with her. Of course she is feeling a bit apprehensive about this. She knew what happened earlier; she was not dumb, but a little naive. Her first question to him is, “Do you come in peace?” She was worried that he was coming to make trouble. (He was.)
He deceitfully replies, “Of course, I am.” and then proceeds to ask a favor of her. Poor Bathsheba is clueless on where this is going and agrees to go to Solomon with Adonijah’s request. The request was this, “Please, I ask that you go to King Solomon, for he adores you and will not ignore your request. Ask him to give me Abishag the Shunammite, the young woman who nursed my father before he died. I want her as my wife.” -1 Kings 2:17 (VOICE)
Adonijah plays that he is all innocent, but we can pick up much from his conversation prior to his request. “You are aware that all the kingdom was in my possession and that everyone in Israel believed I was going to be king; but instead, my brother Solomon has received the kingdom from the Eternal One. I have one thing to ask you, and I beg you not to ignore it.” -1 Kings 2:15-16 (VOICE)
This fool has even lied to himself. He grossly exaggerates the truth. The kingdom was never in his possession. It was never meant to be in his possession and he knows this as a fact. He is willing to use every weapon in his arsenal to achieve what he is after though; even if it means sinking to self-pity and deception. We will see that he has not given up hope on becoming king. His request for Abishaq was made with an ulterior motive behind it.
Bathsheba, not realizing the significance behind his request agrees to go to Solomon and ask for Adonijah’s request. (This poor woman had no idea what was going on in the background.) She goes to Solomon with the request and this is how it plays out.
“Bathsheba went to King Solomon to present Adonijah’s request. The king got up and welcomed her, bowing respectfully, and returned to his throne. Then he had a throne put in place for his mother, and she sat at his right hand.
She said, “I have a small favor to ask of you. Don’t refuse me.”
The king replied, “Go ahead, Mother; of course I won’t refuse you.”
She said, “Give Abishag the Shunammite to your brother Adonijah as his wife.”
King Solomon answered his mother, “What kind of favor is this, asking that Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah? Why don’t you just ask me to hand over the whole kingdom to him on a platter since he is my older brother and has Abiathar the priest and Joab son of Zeruiah on his side!”
Then King Solomon swore under God, “May God do his worst to me if Adonijah doesn’t pay for this with his life! As surely as God lives, the God who has set me firmly on the throne of my father David and has put me in charge of the kingdom just as he promised, Adonijah will die for this—today!”
King Solomon dispatched Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he struck Adonijah and he died.” -1 Kings 2:19-25 (MSG)
The Bible has much to say about deception and liars, of which Satan was the original offender:
* “Lying lips are extremely disgusting to the Lord, but those who deal faithfully are His delight.” -Proverbs 12:22 (AMP)
* “He who walks in integrity and with moral character walks securely, but he who takes a crooked way will be discovered and punished.” -Proverbs 10:9 (AMP)
* “If God were your father,” said Jesus, “you would love me, for I came from God and arrived here. I didn’t come on my own. He sent me. Why can’t you understand one word I say? Here’s why: You can’t handle it. You’re from your father, the Devil, and all you want to do is please him. He was a killer from the very start. He couldn’t stand the truth because there wasn’t a shred of truth in him. When the Liar speaks, he makes it up out of his lying nature and fills the world with lies. I arrive on the scene, tell you the plain truth, and you refuse to have a thing to do with me. Can any one of you convict me of a single misleading word, a single sinful act? But if I’m telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Anyone on God’s side listens to God’s words. This is why you’re not listening—because you’re not on God’s side.” -John 8:42-47 (MSG)
* “Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.” -Colossians 3:9-11 (MSG)
We are to be children of the Light! Deception and lies should have no place in our lives. Walk in integrity, as a child of God should.
Lord, the old has gone and the new has come. I am a child of the Most High God and I should not have anything to do with the old habits of sin, deception and lying. I know this. Help me life to exemplify Jesus. I do not want to fall into those old tricks of my Enemy. You take delight in truth, love, integrity and moral character. Help me to live my life in such a way that I will be found pleasing to you.