Thursday, May 23, 2013

Even When We Err, Christ is Leading Us -- Abishag Part IV

David the King remained "The Beloved" of God, King of Israel.

The one phrase that is repeated throughout First Kings Chapter One -- "He Did Not Know"

"4And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not." (1 Kings 1: 4)

This verse speaks to sexual intimacy with Abishag.

Yet another troubling development was taking place during the waning years of King David. While Abishag, who caused David to err, was comforting him, the elder son Adonijah then attempted to usurp the throne:

"5Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. 6And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Absalom. 7And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him. 8But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men which belonged to David, were not with Adonijah." (1 Kings 1: 5-8)

Adonijah even caused a number of men loyal to David to them become loyal to himself.
Bath-Sheba, The daughter of the Oath, then informs David the Beloved about what is happening:

18And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and now, my lord the king, thou knowest it not:" (1 Kings 1: 18)

He did not know -- he was wandering in error.

Then Nathan the prophet comes in right after:

"22And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the prophet also came in." (1 Kings 1: 22)

"Nathan" means "Giver". God keeps on giving and blessing us, even when we are in error, even when we are wondering. God continued to bless His people in the Wilderness with Manna from heaven and a warm pillar of fire at night, even though they had refused to believe that He had given them the Promised Land:

"Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?" (Romans 2: 4)

First, God will remind us of His oath which He cut with Christ, because His blood was shed for us, that we would be made the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5: 21)

Then He will give us more good things, reminding us of His Son, whom He has given us, along with all things.

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