David had a charismatic son called Absalom. He was also a very ambitious prince. He wanted to be king. He engineered a successful revolt. David and his loyalists had to flee the capital – Jerusalem.
The wisest man in David’s council was Ahithophel. Shrewdly, he betrayed his master and followed the rising sun.
But God would not let the sun set on His anointed. He planted a man called Hushai to counter the counsel of Ahithophel to Absalom.
The coup failed. Ahithophel’s wise counsel was rejected to his ruin.
Ahithophel did not realize that it was better to foolish for the right cause, than wise in the wrong course. He paid the supreme price.
When David was on his deathbed, the question of succession arose. David had earlier proclaimed Solomon his heir.
Adonijah had other ideas. He set up a coronation party. He invited many dignitaries. Crucially he did not invite the prophet Nathan.
Nathan got a wind of it and hurried to David to halt the plot. David reaffirmed his royal decree and Solomon was crowned for all to see.
Adonijah erred by not consulting the prophet. For the Word comes to the prophet. Bypassing the Word, he thought by the sword to overcome the royal son of David.
He failed. Same Word tells us that all who resist the coronation of Christ the Royal Son of David will fail. They make the same mistake and perish for failing to consult the Word-prophet.
Absalom was a headstrong, much-loved son of David
He was one of the handsomest men in the land
His comeliness was matched by an ambition so avid
That he overthrew his father in a plot whose end was rapid
Perhaps the seeds of Absalom’s eventual ruin
Were planted by years of parental love and dotage
As Absalom’s crimes multiplied more grace was applied
Absalom had a beautiful sister called Tamar
Who was cruelly raped by her half-brother – Ammon
Absalom never forgave Ammon for harming her
And assassinated him after Ammon heeded his summon
To feast and celebrate his success in the grazing common Continue reading
The tale of king Hezekiah is of a man whose utmost desire
Was to please his Maker and never incur His ire
Though he succeeded king Ahaz an idolatrous father
He rid the kingdom of idols lest sin should fester any further
He restored the Passover and feasts of convocation
He made the nation of Judah a holy congregation
At the time of his coronation, the priesthood was no good
It was vile with pagan weeds and defiled by idolatrous habits
As a more righteous intercessor he righted the priestly transgressors
At the start of his reign he rebelled against Assyria
Who had subdued Judah during the reign of his father
His gallantry set Judah free and made her be
The dominant power of the hour-for neighbours brought tribute
And the state that was a slave to sin now become lord of her scene
This tale of Uzziah is a cautionary tale
It tells of ego inflation and destiny deflation
And that pride’s trajectory often lands in crash territory
Uzziah was a blessed from birth-he was born a prince
To a godly, royal father who taught him not to wander
From God’s way never to depart but to serve with his heart
Uzziah was a blessed teenager too for he was King at sixteen
Not for him the vile symptoms of juvenile delinquency
Instead absolute authority and royal responsibility was his
One day a man was ploughing with twelve oxen
Little did he know that he was marked and chosen
To continue Elijah’s commission and harvest his portion
God sent the prophet to touch his pupil with his mantle
That was the call, too simple to survive tough analysis
Yet to heed it will precipitate a family crisis
Elisha paused, asked for time to tidy tenuous affairs
Elijah was nonplussed at the confusion he caused
Elisha must decide, he alone would choose his side
Spurred by unction, he decided to immediately shelve
His agrarian plans by killing the yoked oxen-all twelve
This man was a righteous king of the land of Judah
His life yields valuable lessons of the blessings of heeding
God’s Word and the dangers of meddling and dabbling with the world
Jehoshaphat started his reign well-so the Scriptural chronicles tell
He walked in the path of his ancestor David whose heart
Was fixed on the Divine throughout with stout and unflagging loyalty
Because he walked with the Word, Jehoshaphat was blessed of the Lord
He had peace on every side for the countries beside made no trouble
Instead they paid tribute with presents and loyal sentiments
Jehoshaphat built cities, fortifications and institutions
His pomp, power and prestige grew by leaps and bounds