August 16, 2017
Read: 1 Kings 1:5-27
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Scripture- 1 Kings 1:11-12- Then Nathan went to Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother, and asked her, “Haven’t you heard that Haggith’s son, Adonijah, has made himself king, and our lord David doesn’t even know about it? If you want to save your own life and the life of your son Solomon, follow my advice.
Observations- Adonijah, a son that David never disciplined, declared himself to be king of all Israel against David's wishes. As he was celebrating, Nathan and Bathsheba were strategizing about the right way to reveal this information to make the greatest impact on David, who was very near death. None of this would have been necessary had David been clearer about his plan of succession and had a better relationship with Adonijah. David's lack of clarity led to painful consequences.
Application- We could see the strategizing of Nathan and Bathsheba as manipulation, but they were looking out not only for their own interests, but for David's and the nation of Israel. They were doing what they could with the lousy hand they were dealt. Life isn't "Game of Thrones," but it never hurts us to think strategically about solving dilemmas and challenges before us. Nathan, the prophet, is certainly a good model for us of staying in touch with God as he planned for the future. It's never a bad idea to make plans that can help secure a God-honoring future.
Prayer- Lord, thank You for the gift of life. thank You for giving us Your very own son to communicate the depth of Your love for us. Help me not make the kind of leadership mistakes David made, but help me work with others of good faith at New Hope to strategize about our best ways forward as Your Church making more and better followers of Jesus Christ as we reach, connect, grow, and send. Amen.
Jesus gave us His strategy: "Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[b] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20),