By Philip Graham Ryken
King Solomon had the entire popularity and fortune that any guy may wish. He used to be the world’s wisest and wealthiest king. And but, tragically, he threw all of it away for the affection of cash, the pleasures of intercourse, and the powers of a mundane kingdom.
In learning the lifetime of Solomon, we see either the real greatness and the tragic failure of our personal humanity—from godly devotion to self-serving extra. Even in the middle of our greatest intentions, we're all vulnerable to succumb to a similar temptations of cash, intercourse, and tool. And if Solomon’s fabulous knowledge couldn't hinder him from such tragic errors, then how are we to conquer a similar temptations?
Philip Graham Ryken indicates us how, through the grace of God, to avoid these downfalls and to hunt God’s glory amid earthly temptations via this wealthy, Christ-centered research of the lifetime of Solomon.
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37As the Lord has been with my lord the king, then again could he be with Solomon, and make his throne more than the throne of my lord King David. ” 38 So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites went down and had Solomon trip on King David’s mule and taken him to Gihon. 39There Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the tent and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the trumpet, and all of the humans stated, “Long stay King Solomon! ” 40And all of the humans went up after him, enjoying on pipes, and rejoicing with nice pleasure, in order that the earth was once break up by means of their noise. forty-one Adonijah and all of the visitors who have been with him heard it as they complete feasting. And while Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he stated, “What does this uproar within the urban suggest? ” 42While he was once nonetheless talking, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest got here. And Adonijah stated, “Come in, for you're a useful guy and convey excellent news. ” 43Jonathan spoke back Adonijah, “No, for our lord King David has made Solomon king, forty four and the king has despatched with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites. 32 four 5 they usually had him experience at the king’s mule. 45And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king at Gihon, and so they have long gone up from there rejoicing, in order that town is in an uproar. this is often the noise that you've got heard. forty six Solomon sits at the royal throne. 47Moreover, the king’s servants got here to congratulate our lord King David, asserting, ‘May your God make the identify of Solomon extra recognized than yours, and make his throne more than your throne. ’ And the king bowed himself at the mattress. 48And the king additionally acknowledged, ‘Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who has granted a person to take a seat on my throne today, my very own eyes seeing it. ’” forty nine Then the entire site visitors of Adonijah trembled and rose, and every went his personal method. 50And Adonijah feared Solomon. So he arose and went and took carry of the horns of the altar. 51Then it was once instructed Solomon, “Behold, Adonijah fears King Solomon, for behold, he has laid carry of the horns of the altar, asserting, ‘Let King Solomon swear to me first that he'll now not placed his servant to demise with the sword. ’” 52And Solomon acknowledged, “If he'll convey himself a precious guy, now not considered one of his hairs shall fall to the earth, but when wickedness is located in him, he shall die. ” 53So King Solomon despatched, they usually introduced him down from the altar. And he got here and paid homage to King Solomon, and Solomon acknowledged to him, “Go in your residence. ” (1 Kings 1:32–53) What does David’s reaction to Adonijah’s efforts to usurp the throne let us know approximately David? • David was once outdated and chilly, feeble and impotent, yet he was once no longer lifeless but! The textual content makes a lot of his lowered actual ability, yet not anything within the textual content indicates senility. His brain was once nonetheless sound. • His complete being—heart, head, and fingers— have been quickened by means of religion in God’s promise and zeal for God’s nation. David used to be to the tip of his days “a guy after [God’s] personal middle” (1 Sam.