1 Kings 1:5-6
5. Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king”; and he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.
6. (And his father had not rebuked him at any time by saying, “Why have you done so?” He was also very good-looking. His mother had borne him after Absalom.) (NKJV)
Adonijah exalted himself, saying “I will be king”. But his father, David did not rebuke him for doing this. Is it right that Adonijah exalt himself in such a manner? It should be noted that the office of a king is an anointed office – a position that is conferred by an “authority”. Samuel, the prophet was tasked by God to anoint David as king. It is not something that David conjured himself. In fact, David himself asked “Who am I and what is my family, that you (ie God) has blessed me this far.” There is humble acknowledgement that he did not deserve such an office of honor. Adonijah, on the other hand, sought the office because of selfish ambition. To do so when the current King (his own father) had not announced his successor was disrespectful and inappropriate.
Why did David not rebuke Adonijah for his actions? Was he not bothered by Adonijah’s actions? Or was he too frail to take any actions? He was certainly not too frail because he subsequently pronounced Solomon as King. It seemed that David did not have much influence over his sons the way Abraham had over his household. God said of Abraham in Gen 18:19 that he will instruct his household…. So in this aspect, David was more like Eli who did not rebuke his sons although they provoked the Lord with their sins in the tabernacle. Here is a warning to all fathers: the sons of both Eli & David died tragic deaths when they failed to instruct them. Here is a warning to children: when your fathers rebuke you, do you resist them or do you consider your ways and see if you have done wrong?
Perhaps it was because Adonijah was good looking and so he thought highly of himself. When we are well endowed, whether in physical attraction or with gifts, talents or riches, we will tend to feel we deserve more attention, more attainment and blessing. The Psamist says “it was good that I was afflicted, that I may know the statutes of God.” The Apostle Paul says “..When I am weak, then I am strong.. “. The Christian Faith is not founded on self exaltation. It is founded on “a broken spirit” that finds confidence only in God and no one else.
Questions for meditation:
1) How do I regard the admonition of my parents? Do I treat my parents with due respect that they are God’s appointed authority for me on earth?
2) Have I spent enough time with my children to instruct and teach them about God?
3) Have I been counting my blessings and giving thanks to God for them?
What you can pray for:
1) that God may open the spiritual eyes of our children and lead them into His kingdom.
2) That God may help us not be proud of our abilities but to acknowledge His hand of mercy in what He bestows to us