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.
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With Joy and Thankfulness,
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