Where are you at in your life? Are you wanting to make it all about you? Are you wanting to toot your own horn? Are you trying to make yourself bigger and greater than others? Are you trying to be humble and serve others? What is your perspective on life? Are you out for yourself? Are you out to serve others for the glory of God? What’s your motivation? What’s your goal? What’s your ambition? What’s your purpose?
Today’s reading starts on the subject who will be the next king…
Rivalry for the Throne
1Now King David was old, advanced in years. Though they covered him with clothes, he could not keep warm. 2So his servants said to him: “Let them seek a young virgin for my lord the king, and let her attend the king and be his nurse; and let her lie by your side, so my lord the king may keep warm.” 3So they sought for a beautiful girl throughout all the territory of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king. 4The girl was very beautiful. So she became the king’s nurse and served him, but the king was not intimate with her. 5Now Adonijah son of Haggith exalted himself, saying: “I’ll be king!” So he prepared for himself chariots, horsemen and 50 men to run before him. 6His father had not scolded him at any time by asking: “Why have you behaved this way?” He was also a very handsome man; and he was born after Absalom. 7So he conferred with Joab son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the kohen. Following Adonijah, they supported him. 8But Zadok the kohen, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei, Rei and David’s mighty men, were not on Adonijah’s side. 9Then Adonijah sacrificed sheep, oxen and fattened cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is beside En-rogel, and invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah, the king’s servants, 10but he did not invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the mighty men, or Solomon. 11But Nathan spoke to Bath-sheba, Solomon’s mother, saying: “Haven’t you heard that Adonijah son of Haggith has assumed the kingship—and our lord David doesn’t know it? 12Now come, please let me give you advice. Save your own life and the life of your son Solomon! 13Go at once to King David, and say to him: ‘My lord the king, haven’t you sworn to your handmaid, saying: “Surely your son Solomon will become king after me, and he will sit on my throne”? Then why does Adonijah reign?’ 14Behold, while you are still there talking with the king, I will come in after you and confirm your words.” 15So Bath-sheba went to the king into the chamber. Now the king was very old, with Abishag the Shunammite serving the king. 16Bath-sheba bowed and prostrated herself to the king. The king asked, “What troubles you?” 17She said to him: “My lord, you swore by Adonai your God to your handmaid: ‘Surely, Solomon your son will be king after me, and he will sit on my throne.’ 18Yet now, behold, Adonijah reigns, though you do not know it—my lord the king. 19He has sacrificed oxen, fattened cattle and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the king’s sons, Abiathar the kohen and Joab the commander of the army, but he has not invited Solomon your servant. 20As for you, my lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are on you, to tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him. 21Otherwise it will come to pass, when my lord the king sleeps with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon will be considered traitors.” 22Then behold, while she was still talking with the king, the prophet Nathan came in, 23and they informed the king, saying: “Behold the prophet Nathan is here.” When he came in before the king, he prostrated himself before the king with his face to the ground. 24Then Nathan said: “My lord the king, did you say: ‘Adonijah shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne?’ 25For he has gone down today, slain oxen, fattened cattle and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the king’s sons, the captains of the army and Abiathar the kohen—and behold, they are eating and drinking with him, and they are saying: ‘Long live King Adonijah!’ 26But he did not invite me, your servant, Zadok the kohen, Benaiah son of Jehoiada or your servant Solomon. 27Was this thing done by my lord the king, without letting your servants know who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?” 28Then King David answered and said: “Summon Bath-sheba to me.” So she came into the king’s presence, and stood before the king. 29Then the king swore an oath: “As Adonai lives, who has redeemed my soul out of all distress, 30as surely as I swore to you by Adonai, the God of Israel, saying that your son Solomon will be king after me and will sit on my throne in my place. Thus I will surely fulfill it this day!” 31Then Bath-sheba bowed with her face to the ground and prostrated herself before the king, and said: “Let my lord King David live forever!” 32Then King David said: “Summon to me Zadok the kohen, Nathan the prophet and Benaiah son of Jehoiada.” When they came before the king, 33the king said to them: “Take with you the servants of your lord, and have my son Solomon ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon. 34There let Zadok the kohen and Nathan the prophet anoint him as king over Israel, blow the shofar and say: ‘Long live King Solomon!’ 35Then you shall come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne. For he shall be king in my place, as I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and Judah.” 36Benaiah son of Jehoiada answered the king and said: “Amen! Thus says Adonai, the God of my lord the king. 37As Adonai has been with my lord the king, so will He be with Solomon and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord King David!” 38So Zadok the kohen, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites and the Pelethites went down, and had Solomon ride on King David’s mule, and brought him to Gihon. 39Then Zadok the kohen took the horn of oil out of the Tent and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the shofar, and all the people said: “Long live King Solomon!” 40All the people went up after him, while the people were playing on flutes and rejoicing with great joy, so that the ground shook at their noise. 41Now Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it, just as they finished eating. When Joab heard the sound of the shofar, he said: “Why is the city in an uproar?” 42While he was still speaking, behold, Jonathan son of Abiathar the kohen came, and Adonijah said, “Come in, for you are a valiant man, and surely bringing good news.” 43But Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah: “No, for our lord King David has made Solomon king. 44Also the king has sent with him Zadok the kohen, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites and the Pelethites, and they had him ride on the king’s mule. 45Zadok the kohen and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king at Gihon. From there they have come up rejoicing, so that the city is in an uproar—that’s the noise that you heard. 46Also Solomon has taken his seat on the royal throne. 47Moreover, the king’s courtiers came to bless our lord King David, saying: ‘May God make the name of Solomon better than your name, and his throne greater than your throne!’ Then the king bowed down on the bed. 48Furthermore the king said, ‘Blessed be Adonai, God of Israel, who this day has given one to sit on my throne, while my eyes are seeing it.’” 49Trembling, all the guests of Adonijah got up and each went his own way. 50Adonijah was afraid of Solomon, so he arose, went, and grasped the horns of the altar. 51 So it was reported to Solomon: “Behold, Adonijah is afraid of King Solomon, for look, he grasped the horns of the altar, saying, ‘Let King Solomon swear to me first that he will not put his servant to death with the sword.’” 52Then Solomon said, “If he shows himself a worthy man, then not a hair of him will fall to the ground. But if wickedness is found in him, he shall die.” 53So King Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar. He came and prostrated himself before King Solomon, and Solomon said to him: “Go to your home.”
–from 1 Kings 1
Who will you turn to? Who will you trust? Who does your hope come from? Man or God?
1The number of Bnei-Yisrael—heads of clans, officers of thousands and hundreds, and their officers who served the king in all matters of the divisions that came in and went out month by month throughout the year—each division had 24,000. 2Over the first division, for the first month, was Jashobeam son of Zabdiel. His division had 24,000. 3He was a descendant of Perez, the head of all the officers of the army for the first month. 4Over the division of the second month was Dodai the Ahohite. Mikloth was the chief officer and his division consisted of 24,000. 5The third army commander, for the third month, was Benaiah son of Jehoiada the kohen. He was leader of his division, which consisted of 24,000. 6This was Benaiah, who was a mighty man of the 30 and had charge over the 30. Ammizabad his son was over his division. 7The fourth commander, for the fourth month, was Asahel brother of Joab. Zebadiah, his son, succeeded him. His division consisted of 24,000. 8The fifth commander, for the fifth month, was Shamhuth the Izrahite. His division consisted of 24,000. 9The sixth commander, for the sixth month, was Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite. His division consisted of 24,000. 10The seventh commander, for the seventh month, was Heletz the Pelonite, from the children of Ephraim. His division consisted of 24,000. 11The eighth commander, for the eighth month, was Sibbcai the Hushathite from the Zerahites. His division consisted of 24,000. 12The ninth commander, for the ninth month, was Abiezer the Anathotite, of the Benjamites. His division consisted of 24,000. 13The tenth commander, for the tenth month, was Maharai the Netophathite of the Zerahites. His division consisted of 24,000. 14The eleventh commander, for the eleventh month, was Benaiah the Pirathonite a descendant of Ephraim. His division consisted of 24,000. 15The twelfth commander, for the twelfth month, was Heldai the Netophathite of Othniel. His division consisted of 24,000. 16Furthermore, over the tribes of Israel: of the Reubenites: Eliezer son of Zichri was the chief officer; of the Simeonites: Shephatiah son of Maacah; 17of Levi: Hashabiah son of Kemuel; of Aaron: Zadok; 18of Judah: Elihu, one of David’s brothers; of Issachar: Omri son of Michael; 19of Zebulun: Ishmaiah son of Obadiah; of Naphtali: Jerimoth son of Azriel; 20of the children of Ephraim: Hoshea son of Azaziah; of the half-tribe of Manasseh: Joel son of Pedaiah; 21of the half-tribe of Manasseh in Gilead: Iddo son of Zechariah; of Benjamin: Jaasiel son of Abner; 22of Dan: Azarel son of Jeroham. These were the officers of the tribes of Israel. 23But David did not count those 20 years old and under, because Adonai had said He would multiply Israel as the stars of heaven. 24Joab the son of Zeruiah began to count them, but did not finish. Wrath came upon Israel for this and the number was not entered into the account in the chronicles of King David. 25Over the king’s storehouses: Azmaveth son of Adiel. Over the storehouses in the fields, in the cities, in the villages and in the citadels: Jonathan son of Uzziah; 26over the field laborers for tilling the ground: Ezri the son of Chelub; 27over the vineyards: Shimei the Ramathite; over the produce of the vineyards for the wine cellars: Zabdi the Shiphmite; 28over the olive trees and the sycamore trees in the lowland: Baal-hanan the Gederite; over the cellars of oil: Joash; 29over the cattle grazing in Sharon: Shirtai the Sharonite; over the cattle grazing in the valleys: Shaphat son of Adlai; 30over the camels: Obil the Ishmaelite; over the donkeys: Jehdeiah the Meronothite; 31and over the flocks: Jaziz the Hagrite. All these were stewards over the property of King David. 32Also Jonathan, David’s uncle, was a counselor, learned man and scribe. Jehiel son of Hachmoni tutored the king’s sons. 33Ahithophel was the king’s counselor. Hushai the Arkite was the king’s friend. 34Ahithophel was succeeded by Jehoiada son of Benaiah and by Abiatar. Joab was the commander of the king’s army.
–from 1 Chronicles 27
So let’s call on Jesus! Let’s ask Him into our hearts! Let’s lift up our issues, concerns, worries and give them over to Him! Jesus is the answer! Jesus is the cure! Jesus is the hope that goes beyond all understanding! Jesus is the peace that goes beyond all understanding! He is the way, the truth, and the life…it is only through Him that we will get to the Father! Jesus paid it all that we can be reconciled back to God!
Yeshua Greater than Moses
1Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, partners in a heavenly calling, take notice of Yeshua—the Emissary and Kohen Gadol we affirm. 2He was faithful to the One who appointed Him in His house—as was Moses also. 3For He has been considered worthy of more glory than Moses, even as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. 4For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. 5Now Moses surely was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, for a witness of things to be spoken later. 6But Messiah, as Son, is over God’s house—and we are His house, if we hold firm to our boldness and what we are proud to hope.
Listen and Obey, or Harden and Fall Away
7Therefore, just as the Ruach ha-Kodesh says, “Today if you hear His voice, 8do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness. 9There your fathers put Me to the test, though they saw My works for forty years. 10Therefore I was provoked by this generation, and I said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.’ 11As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’” 12Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you has an evil heart of unbelief that falls away from the living God. 13But encourage one another day by day—as long as it is called “Today”—so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14For we have become partners of Messiah, if we hold our original conviction firm until the end. 15As it is said, “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” 16Now which ones heard and rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt with Moses? 17And with whom was He provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest? Was it not to those who were disobedient? 19So we see that they were not able to enter in because of lack of trust.
–from Hebrews 3