August 19, 2018
Our reading from Kings tells of Solomon, David's son, succeeding David as king of Israel. It was not a totally peaceable transition of power. At least two sons claimed the throne. Adonijah was the fourth son of David. After the death of his elder brothers, Amnon and Absalom-whose efforts to take the throne resulted in his death-we read that last week, Adonijah became heir-apparent to the throne. Solomon was the son of King David and Bathsheba and David had promised Bathsheba that Solomon would be the next king. So Adonijah was exiled. Later, he made another attempt to gain the throne, but was seized and put to death. David's sons wanted to succeed him on the throne. It seems it was the lure of power that drew them in. Solomon seems different; sometimes it is simply a son seeking to fill his father's shoes.