1 Kings 1:9-10
9. And Adonijah sacrificed sheep and oxen and fattened cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by En Rogel; he also invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah, the king’s servants.
10. But he did not invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the mighty men, or Solomon his brother. (NKJV)
The offering of burnt offering is to be done only by priests. Priests represented men before God; prophets are God’s mouthpiece to men. These are annointed offices that should not be trifled with. When Saul offered sacrifices & did not wait for the prophet Samuel to arrive (in 1 Sam), he was sternly rebuked by the prophet Samuel. Adonijah’s action was here was deliberate & calculated. It was his way of “proving himself”, his “worth” and his deserving of the throne. He invited those whom he knew would support him to join the ceremony. But he did not invite those who will probably warn him that this was not an appropriate thing to do.
Are we pursuing & doing what pleases God? Or are we pursuing something we are ashamed to let our spiritual leaders know about. Are we pursuing something that is beyond our means, our gifts & our talents? Are we pursuing them just to feel good about ourselves & boost our own esteem? Remember that God does not accept us based on our achievements. He receives us simply on the merit of His Son Jesus Christ. The more we depend on Him for our needs, the more we acknowledge His good hand upon in our achievements, the more delighted He will be with us.
Questions for meditation:
1) Am I doing something that I do not want my spiritual friends to know? If so, why am I afraid that they know about it? Would God be pleased with what I am doing?
What you can pray for:
1) May God grant us people & friends who can provide us with good counsel when making decisions in life
2) May God grant us Godly objectivity and discernment when conferring with people around us so that our minds are appropriately shaped to be aligned to the image of His Son Jesus Christ.