1 KINGS‬ ‭1‬:‭52‬ ‭‬‬

“Solomon replied, “If he proves himself to be loyal, not a hair on his head will be touched. But if he makes trouble, he will die.””

1 Kings‬ ‭1‬:‭52‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Solomon was fresh onto the throne of David and he was faced with an impossible task. Should he rule with a crushing and authoritative fist, or a firm but gentle hand? His first recorded act here would set the tone for his kingdom to come. Solomon chose to show grace to his half brother despite the attempted coup and the theft for leverage. It wasn’t a blind forgiveness. His edict and direction for the future was simple but charted a path that would provide a measure for Adonijah to live by. If Adonijah could live in peace, then peace would be afforded to him. This clearly came as a shock to Adonijah who feared for his life because he was beaming and bursting with bitterness, envy and selfish ambition. Nonetheless, it is was given by his brother. This provides a good blueprint for how a godly leader handles ungodly rebellion. We should seek reconciliation, grace and forgiveness if possible, but with a firm hand that curves rebellion and insurrection. One hand open, one hand closed.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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