The Usurper Unmasked
As we go through this early history in the Book of Kings, we note that many of these Chapters deal with King Solomon. Solomon was a type of the Messiah, and what we have here is a certain pattern in the experience and in the life of Solomon which demonstrates, which prefigures really, the way people will treat the Messiah. When Solomon was a type of Messiah, he was so, not only as king, but also as the previously rejected one. Remember, he had already been designated as king, but there was someone else who tried to take his place. The one who tried to exalt himself saying, 'I will be king,' a usurper. We saw, also, how GOD still had His way in the end and the usurper was neatly sidetracked; neatly deposed, and the true king was put on his throne. This is really an echo of Psalm 2 where the same thing is prophesied concerning the Messiah.
Our text begins first of all by saying that David slept with his fathers after a reign of forty years; it was actually forty years and six months, but the number is rounded off here.
Some people had followed Adonijah, but the rest of people in the tribes, held back because they were unsure. But now, when Solomon was made King, they were so joyful; the noise of their celebration was so great that the earth rent with the sound of the music and of the celebration. They thought, 'Right on! That's it! Now everything is in order. Now things are organized. This is how they should be.' That's what we read in those words:
But that wasn't the end of Adonijah. Remember what Solomon had said, in Chapter 1 in verse 52?
He risked the prohibition of Solomon, and in doing so, he showed his true colours. They say, 'Give a man enough rope and he will hang himself.' Give a wrongdoer enough rope; their character will destroy them. We don't have to do anything. The LORD will see to it, that they betray themselves; that they ruin themselves. On the positive side, a person who has integrity will have that integrity demonstrated and vindicated.
In the case of Adonijah, he did a sly thing; he did what satan did to Adam and Eve - he came to the woman. Adonijah came to Bathsheba, the mother of Solomon. And of course, she was apprehensive because she had been instrumental in deposing him. Nathan, the prophet, had told her, and we read about it in Chapter 1:
But now he is trying again. That's why she was apprehensive, because she thought, 'Maybe he was coming with hostile intentions.' But he said, 'No, I've come peaceably.' Deceitful words; hidden agenda. In Proverbs, Chapter 26 we read about people like that. Proverbs, Chapter 26, verse 24 through 26 - here is an apt description of people like that.