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.
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.
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