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Only give me Abishag

Now Adonijah, the son of Haggith, went to Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother. Bathsheba asked him, “Do you come peacefully?” He answered, “Yes, peacefully.” Then he added, “I have something to say to you.” “You may say it,” she replied.

“As you know,” he said, “the kingdom was mine. All Israel looked to me as their king. But things changed, and the kingdom has gone to my brother; for it has come to him from the LORD. Now I have one request to make of you. Do not refuse me.” “You may make it,” she said. So he continued, “Please ask King Solomon—he will not refuse you—to give me Abishag the Shunammite as my wife.” 1Kings 2:13-24

The significance of this request by Adonijah was missed by the mother of Solomon the same way it could be missed even now. There are certain elements and cultural practices that have paramount implications. The marriage to Abishag would have meant a concession by Solomon to the kingship of Adonijah and I guess would have probably led to a division of the kingdom at best.

During the rebellion, the violation by Absalom of David’s concubines in full view of the people was seen as crossing of the Rubicon. By all accounts, Solomon was made king as a child though his age is difficult to ascertain. Should the request be granted, it would have undermined his throne greatly. The people probably preferred his older half-brother anyway.

There are seemingly ‘simple’ decisions we make in a hurry which have a far reaching effect. Don’t make important decisions under pressure, seek advice, ask for more time if you have to. A quick decision is usually commendable, however, asking for clarity is not a sign of weakness; the real sign of foolishness is making in a hurry a minute’s decision that sets you back many years.

May the Lord deliver you from the evil one and keep you from making commitments that could endanger you and your generations in Jesus’ name

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John frghhnt on 08 May 2018 15:02
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superior essay writer on 17 July 2018 14:28
Only give me abishag peacefully and improves the certain elements and cultural practices that have implementations. The crossing and improving better commitments that could better decisions and generations.
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