Monday, February 27, 2012

The Morning After: The Battle For The Throne

King David was a great ruler. He was a great warrior that lived to protect the name of the Lord. It was to David that God promised one of his sons would sit on the throne for all eternity (2 Sam. 7). But as the book of First Kings opens, David is old, advanced in age, and cold on his deathbed. It is vivid picture that it doesn't matter who you are, death plays no favorites. It gets the rich and the poor. It will come after the famous and the nobodies. It will get me and you. Yet there is even a greater picture that can be seen here. In contrast to the frailty of King David is another King who is one of David's sons . . . Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul says that He is the King of the ages, and that he is immortal (1 Tim. 1:17). What relief that should bring to the heart of the Christian. The One who is on the throne that we worship is not going to grow old, advanced in age, or cold on his deathbed.

As the rule of King David seems to be coming to an end, there is a power move that is made by one of David's sons, Adonijah. He makes a move to the throne. First Kings 1 tells the story of how he exalted himself and created an entourage for his own glory. After all, he was good looking and next in line for the kingship. The spirit of Adonijah is seen so prevalent in our culture. People try to exalt themselves in front of other people. No, let's make it personal. We do it. We want people to be impressed with us. That is why we talk about who we know, what we have accomplished, wear certain styles of clothes and so on. 

The plot to take the throne was halted by the actions of the prophet Nathan and the wife of David, Bathsheba. They appealed to the royal duty of David to do what God had promised, make Solomon king. They cared so much for the promises of God that they had to act. And through their actions and David's decisions, Solomon is made king that day. 

The chapter starts with Adonijah exalting himself and it ends with him bowing and paying homage to the newly anointed King Solomon. Pride does that to us. When we exalt ourself, the timer is started. It will run out eventually. If not in this life, certainly in the life to come. While this is a really interesting story about the battle for the throne in Jerusalem that took place around 960 B.C., it should remind us that there is a daily battle going on for the throne in our own life. And there are only two options. Either you can be on the throne or Jesus can be your King.

Philippians 2:9-10 says that everyone will eventually bow their knee to Jesus. It will happen. "Long Live King Jesus" will be the anthem that will exist for all eternity. It is the anthem that each of us will bow to someday. Either now resulting in salvation or in eternity resulting in condemnation. I pray it is today!

If you are interested in reading my notes from this sermon, you can find them HERE. If you would like to listen to the message, you can find it HERE (usually posted by Tuesday afternoon).

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