Don’t Make Him Angry

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 1 Kings 1-2; Luke 19:28-48


22 King Solomon replied to his mother, “Why ask only for Abishag from Shunem for Adonijah? Why not ask for the entire kingdom for him? After all, he is my older brother and has the support of Abiathar the priest and Joab, Zeruiah’s son.” 23 King Solomon swore by the Lord, “May God do to me as he sees fit! Adonijah has made this request at the cost of his life! 24 Now, as surely as the Lord lives—the one who supported me, put me on the throne of my father David, and provided a royal house for me exactly as he promised—Adonijah will be executed today.” 25 So King Solomon sent Benaiah, Jehoiada’s son. He attacked Adonijah, and Adonijah died. (1 Kings 2:22-25, Common English Bible)

I admit it, I am no authority on The Incredible Hulk or any other superhero, cartoon character (well, except perhaps Bugs Bunny and his cast of characters). I do remember some of the old television show. Bill Bixby played Dr. David Bruce Banner who, conducted experiments on himself using gamma radiation. The end result came about whenever Banner got angry or stressed. He would turn green, get the muscle structure of a professional bodybuilder and become ready to rip something apart. He was “The Hulk” played by bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno. Banner, and his alter-ego “The Hulk” manage to find ways of helping people while Banner travels across the country searching for a cure or at least a treatment that would work on his gamma radiation exposure.

Now, that was the Reader’s Digest version of my memory or the old show, The Incredible Hulk. It was kind of like the Israelites. He would go through life as the mild-mannered Banner. Then something would either made him mad or stress him out and he would turn this particular shade of green. He would calm down and find himself back as Banner again.

King Solomon didn’t have the power to turn into a green-eyed (and bodied) monster. That didn’t mean you wanted to make young Solomon angry. If you made the king angry, you could easily end up on the wrong side of the grass.

If you don’t believe me ask Joab. Here he had been the king’s military leader under David. He murdered someone but David could do little about it because they were at war and he needed the general of his army. David didn’t try to sugar-coat it. He told Solomon to kill Joab right straight off. And, he did as much.

Solomon killed Adonijah simply because Solomon told him to stay at home and Adonijah left the country but came right back. Solomon ends up saying, “King says you are gonna die.” And Adonijah did just that.

But, there was more to this than simply cleaning things up. It was also about cleaning up loose ends. Joab had shown his loyalty to David until David dies. Right before David dies, he tells Solomon to take care of things. Show them who was boss. Then Adonijah goes out and follows Solomon’s instructions and Adonijah is killed.

In the end, the thing that happens is exactly what God had planned. God used a relatively small number of soldiers and great things happened as a result. If we let God do it, God can do great things in and through us.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

I would ask a favor of you. I am doing some research on church and the internet for a paper I want to write. I have created a short 10 question survey that shouldn’t take more than about 3 minutes to complete it. I want to ask if you can do that for me. You can find the survey on either my Facebook page, one of the Church’s three Facebook pages and find the survey. Or, you can just follow this link:

Thank you in advance for helping me out. If you know some folks who are not active in a congregation and you think would be willing to help with the survey I would love to hear from them as well. Thanks for your help.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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