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.
God was once content to dwell
In tabernacles constructed by man
Yet the design and building plan
Was from Heavenly Wisdom’s fount
For He called Moses to the Holy Mount
And showed him the unalterable pattern
This tabernacle was in no fixed place
But moved along with Israel’s race
All through years of wilderness sojourn
Showing that God’s presence keeps pace
With us in all phases of the journey we face
Then Solomon built Him a house
Again, Divine inspiration united
With human perspiration to build
A residence the Almighty wanted
What makes the tale of the queen of Sheba resonate forever?
For in the Scriptural record she barely merits a chapter
Why then would her life matter to people of the hereafter?
It does-for Christ used her as a benchmark for His generation
An eternal rule that would apply to every epoch and nation
Her uncommon attitude to the Gift that was in Solomon
Is the same we must have to Christ who is Greater than Solomon
She may have been the Queen of Ethiopia or Yemen as some assert
From both regions Israel is a long way off via the desert
After David’s death his throne fell to an unlikely heir
Not his eldest son, Adonijah who had the usurper’s air
Adonijah had the ear of many royal advisers who for him plotted
But it was thwarted and to Solomon the throne was bequeathed
When the Son of David was born in little, forlorn Bethlehem
He was the unlikely heir to the kingdom of earth and heaven
The great men of the day in many a way
Preferred Caesar and Caiphas-the Adonijahs to the lowly Messiah
Despite apathy the Son of David rode in triumphantly
Foreshadowing His coming kingdom-now looming large
Solomon asked God for wisdom to rule and lead
For the gifts of aggrandisement and avarice he did not plead
He asked not for prosperity or long life which were his needs
God granted his request and did more than his behest
He showered him with more gifts-riches and honour
Since his reign no king has been greater and that is plain Continue reading