Then Nathan said to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, “Have you not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith has become king and David our lord does not know it? Now therefore come, let me give you advice, that you may save your own life and the life of your son Solomon. Go in at once to King David, and say to him, ‘Did you not, my lord the king, swear to your servant, saying, “Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne”? Why then is Adonijah king?’ Then while you are still speaking with the king, I also will come in after you and confirm your words.”
So Bathsheba went to the king in his chamber (now the king was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite was attending to the king). Bathsheba bowed and paid homage to the king, and the king said, “What do you desire?” She said to him, “My lord, you swore to your servant by the Lord your God, saying, ‘Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne.’ And now, behold, Adonijah is king, although you, my lord the king, do not know it. He has sacrificed oxen, fattened cattle, and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the sons of the king, Abiathar the priest, and Joab the commander of the army, but Solomon your servant he has not invited. And now, my lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are on you, to tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him. Otherwise it will come to pass, when my lord the king sleeps with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon will be counted offenders.”
While she was still speaking with the king, Nathan the prophet came in. And they told the king, “Here is Nathan the prophet.” And when he came in before the king, he bowed before the king, with his face to the ground. And Nathan said, “My lord the king, have you said, ‘Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne’? For he has gone down this day and has sacrificed oxen, fattened cattle, and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the king’s sons, the commanders of the army, and Abiathar the priest. And behold, they are eating and drinking before him, and saying, ‘Long live King Adonijah!’ But me, your servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and your servant Solomon he has not invited. Has this thing been brought about by my lord the king and you have not told your servants who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?” I Kings 1:11-27 ESV
Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am godly;
save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.
Be gracious to me, O Lord,
for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
for you answer me. Psalm 86:1-7 ESV
Matt was home alone while his parents were out shopping. He was watching TV when suddenly he heard a crash outside. He ran and looked out the window and saw that a couple of men had broken his neighbor’s window and gone into the house. They were carrying a flat-screen TV out the back door. Matt knew that he couldn’t do anything by himself to stop them, but he also knew that the police could help if he called them. So Matt called the police, and soon they arrived. They caught the robbers before they got away. Matt’s phone call had saved a lot of his neighbor’s property from being stolen.
A similar thing happened when Adonijah tried to grab the throne of Israel. Nathan knew that he couldn’t do anything to stop it, but he also knew that David was still the king. David would be able to stop his son from taking the throne that wasn’t meant for him. Nathan also got Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother, to come and talk to David and tell him what was happening. If something wasn’t done soon, not only would Adonijah become the king, but he would probably also put Solomon and even his mother Bathsheba to death to protect his throne. It was important that they act quickly to save the throne for the one David had promised would get it.
We sometimes have problems facing us that we can’t handle on our own. It’s so good to know that we can call on God in prayer to help us! God is able to protect us and to help us with our troubles. The biggest problem we ever had was the problem of sin and death. We couldn’t help ourselves, but God saw our problem and he sent Jesus to be our Savior. Jesus died on the cross to take our sins away, and he rose again from the dead to defeat death. Because of Jesus, we are God’s children, and he is always ready to hear our prayers and to help us.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to be our Savior and for always hearing us when we pray. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.