top of page
Search

March 11, 2022 - 1 Kings 1-2

David in his last years. A life lived well, but clearly a human life. Lots of highs and lots of lows. At the end, trouble with Adonijah, one of his sons. But Solomon sits on the throne after David, and immediately, he shows himself wise and gracious. Adonijah asked for merciful treatment from Solomon, and he received it. Good job, Solomon! Palace intrigue almost immediately, and in an odd sort of way. Adonijah requests for his wife Abishag the Shunammite. Not sure, but Solomon obviously saw this as some sort of threat, and he had his brother killed. From a strictly political point of view, maybe a good job accomplished, but wow, what ruthlessness! And the entire palace lineup was cleaned out: the priest Abiathar expelled, Joab killed, Shimei killed, and “so the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon” (2:46).


A number of years ago, I was thinking about all this. Adonijah pardoned, then killed. Abiathar expelled. Joab and Shimei killed. What stands out here? What's the one variable in all this? And it hit me. The one act of mercy in all this is the early pardon of Adonijah. And what's significant about that? On that one occasion, Adonijah took hold of the altar and asked for pardon! All this seems analogous to our situation before God. The Lord is quick to forgive when forgiveness is requested! Stubborn and steadfast opposition to God, on the other hand, is a dangerous, dangerous thing. But our God is a forgiving God! How did he put it to Moses? “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty” (Ex 34:6,7) And so, Moses prayed, “pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance” (Ex 34:9). And so should we always pray as we approach the altar.


You have longed for sweet peace,

And for faith to increase,

And have earnestly, fervently prayed.

But you cannot have rest,

Or be perfectly blest,

Until all on the altar is laid. -- E. A. Hoffman (1900)


9 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

July 12, 2024 - Isaiah 61-66

Isaiah:  “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and

July 11, 2024 - Isaiah 58-60

The Bible has a lot to say about worship and fasting, both true and false.  The prophet warns Israel:  “Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself?  Is it to bow down his hea

July 10, 2024 - Isaiah 53-57

In his “Deathless Sermon” of 1792, the Baptist preacher, William Carey, preached from the text of Isaiah 54:2-3:  “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched

Comments


Commenting has been turned off.
bottom of page