The word usurp means to take a position of power or importance by using force or illegally grasping it.
The story I am about to share with you is one that doesn’t seem right, but Yahweh’s ways are not our ways. He can usurp an order.
“Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I WILL BE KING.” So he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen with fifty men to run before him.” 1 Kings 1:5 NASB.
Adonijah was older, handsome, and was not conceived by another man’s wife like Solomon had been. He wasn’t black sheep material. He was full stock bred and deserved the crown. He should be first, right? I mean the youngest isn’t supposed to be king before the elder. He was around way before Solomon ever showed up! However, HaShem spoke to David and said Solomon will be king and he will build my house.
Adonijah usurped Yahweh. Do we ever usurp our Father?
“Now his father, King David, had never disciplined him at any time, even by asking, “Why are you doing that?” Adonijah had been born next after Absalom, and he was very handsome. Adonijah took Joab son of Zeruiah and Abiathar the priest into his confidence, and they agreed to help him become king.” 1 Kings 1:6-7 NASB.
David never stopped his son from trying to usurp the crown. He knew from the Prophet Nathan’s mouth that Solomon was to be king. David had a problem. He didn’t correct his children. What was David doing at the time?
“King David was now very old, and no matter how many blankets covered him, he could not keep warm. So his advisers told him, “Let us find a young virgin to wait on you and look after you, my lord. She will lie in your arms and keep you warm.”
So they searched throughout the land of Israel for a beautiful girl, and they found Abishag from Shunem and brought her to the king. The girl was very beautiful, and she looked after the king and took care of him. But the king had no sexual relations with her.” 1 Kings 1:1-4 NLT.
He was busy with his flesh. He might not have slept with her, but he justified it and so he laid there with his naked beautiful virgin to keep him warm and wait on him, meanwhile he failed to go ahead and pass his crown to Solomon. Old age and idleness had set in.
Paul said, “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8:5-8 NIV.
Adonijah got his chariots and his own men and sounded the trumpets and proclaimed himself king. He didn’t invite Nathan the prophet and he didn’t invite King David, his father, nor the other righteous men. He knew who to include to get his way. However, Nathan and Bathsheba go to David who is well past doing what he should have done. David finally has Solomon put upon his mule and marched through the city as king. Nathan anoints him with oil and The Lord Adonai establishes his kingdom greatly.
However, something happens afterwards that also gives great insight into a person like Adonijah, who loves authority, control, and carries the spirit to usurp.
“Now Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, “Do you come peacefully?” And he said, “Peacefully.” Then he said, “I have something to say to you.” And she said, “Speak.” So he said, “You know that the kingdom was mine and that all Israel expected me to be king; however, the kingdom has turned about and become my brother’s, for it was his from the LORD.” 1 Kings 2:13-15 NASB.
Although Adonijah was in line to be the king, he was not who Yahweh had chosen for the position. It might not have looked right in the natural, but it was his from HaShem, and even this usurper admits it, but he isn’t through with his cunning schemes for a crown.
Everything today seems to be usurped. Obama usurps the United Nations, the Constitution and more. The order in the House of The Lord Adonai has been usurped. Women usurp men and children usurp parents. Many times today, fathers and mothers put children above their spouses. The worst one I see is our idols that usurp time with HIM and money for the ones in need.
After Solomon is king, Adonijah goes to Solomon’s own mother and convinces her to go ask Solomon for the beautiful virgin his father lay with, to have for himself. But of course, he is up to more usurping.
Adonijah goes to Bathsheba and says, “Please speak to Solomon the king, for he will not refuse you, that he may give me Abishag the Shunammite as a wife.” Bathsheba said, “Very well; I will speak to the king for you.” 1Kings 2:17-18 NASB. So Bathsheba goes to King Solomon and makes Adonijah’s request to have the young virgin for his wife.
“King Solomon answered and said to his mother, “And why are you asking Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? Ask for him also the kingdom—for he is my older brother—even for him, for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah!” Then King Solomon swore by the LORD, saying, “May God do so to me and more also, if Adonijah has not spoken this word against his own life. “Now therefore, as the LORD lives, who has established me and set me on the throne of David my father and who has made me a house as He promised, surely Adonijah shall be put to death today.” 1 Kings 2:22-24 NASB.
He wanted to be the king and he knew that if he married his father’s little virgin, he could USURP the crown.
Many a death has happened over someone wanting to be king. We have Spiritual deaths in the Body of Messiah, deaths in congress, deaths in marriage, deaths in business, and deaths of siblings, as we just saw in this story. Yes, many a death has happened over someone wanting to be king. Let’s let HIM BE KING. For He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And fleshly crowns are nothing more than tin hats unless He has established it.
Photography by Ândrēw Yīsrâ’Ęl