131. Adonijah put himself forward and said, “I will be king” (1 Kings 1:5).
Not every leader gets to choose their successor, but in a monarchy the king is expected to dictate the future. David has failed to do so. Given Israel’s long history of family blessings and patriarchal ways of passing the baton to the next generation, David’s silence seems out of place. And when there’s a leadership vacuum, there is always someone ready to fill the void. Adonijah may have been the logical choice to some. Joab agrees to join him. But Adonijah puts himself forward. He has no approval from the king or mandate from the people. When leaders take authority by force, they seldom hold that authority for long. How much better to live by Jesus’ ideal of letting others elevate you.