We spoke how David passed the throne to Solomon. David was a warrior, he could not build the temple, because his hands were in blood, he waged many wars. Construction was to happen in a different nature of faith. Solomon was not a gentle or peaceful man, and he proved he was no weaker than David was.
When David was lying in his bed he spoke to Solomon: “My son, I pass you this inheritance,” he imparted him faith. Solomon was about forty years old. It was a full-grown man. David is passing on to him faith, inheritance, and everything prepared for the temple. He is passing on to him the power and the kingdom, and says there are still a few problems left. There are things that David was short of time to accomplish.
David opens his heart to Solomon, he shares what is very important to do - what is a matter of honor - for his son to take up the responsibility of his father.
David says there is Joab, an ungodly commander. He could not kill him. But Joab did one bad thing: he killed a man in a cunning way. David says to Solomon that they are in danger of being cursed: he is passing away, but Joab is staying and can bring much evil in the kingdom. Solomon is to take care that he is gone. There are also the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite. David says this man was precious to him when he was fleeing from Absalom. David passes on to Solomon that the son should show mercy to his kin, that the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite be among those who eat at the king's table.
It is impossible even to imagine that Solomon missed it somewhere, misheard, forgot what his father said to him. It is either curse or blessing, it is either spell or slaughter. Solomon was to strictly remember and execute what his father had told him, because it would have deprived of the blessing not only Solomon, but all of Israel. David continues: “Here is one more thing for you. There is Shimey, the son of Gera the Benjamite, who cursed me with grave slander. I was walking towards to the Jordan, where I was renewed. The sons of Zeruiah told me to shed blood there, deal with him, but I did not want to, and made a hasty oath. I swore I would not kill him with a sword, but you do not hold him guiltless. For you are a wise man, you know what you ought to do to bring his gray hair down to Sheol with blood. ”,
David is lying and staring into eternity, He has already seen the Lord, he is preparing for the encounter, he is looking at Solomon as at a man who ought to fulfill his will.
That is what David was like. He was a man after the heart of the Lord, he fulfilled all the desires of God. Do not think that a Christian is such a simpleton who is supposed to love everyone. He must be a vessel, the ark of God: to some he brings death, to others - deadly odor. Paul knew whom to say “brother” and to whom “dog”. Deceitful workers - dogs, enemies of the cross. Paul was able to talk to such people.
Solomon promised to fulfill everything commanded by his father. "And David rested with his fathers." Who are your fathers? You say: “I don’t like these brothers, they controlled me all the time.” No, my fathers whom I have chosen, - I will rest with them.
The time of David’s reign in Hebron was seven years. If your seven is expiring and you’re already dying, then you need to moveto Jerusalem so that you are assigned thirty-three more. In Hebron, perhaps, David was not comfortable any more. And his new thirty three years of reign in Jerusalem had come.
There Solomon begins to reign. And Adonijah comes to Solomon’s mother, Bathsheba, for her to ask from King Solomon Abishag the Shunammite, a beautiful girl who served King David in his old days.
What a detestable, worthless person! Such a worthless man has come to ask for the girl of his father! Bathsheba promises him to talk to Solomon. See who Solomon is now, look at the radiance of Solomon: he addresses his mother: “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 confirmed me and set me on the throne of David, my father, and Who has established a house for me, as He said, Adonijah shall be put to death today!" So King Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and he struck him, and he died.”(1 Kings 2).
That’s it, mother, step aside. Thank you, father, the time has come to fulfill your order. Thank you, God, the time has come to fulfill the command of the father.
This is my brother, Solomon. What a beauty, what a greatness, what a dignity! We see God's powerful man named Benaiah. This man was with David. He was a good, quick warrior, like a chamois. He could throw a spear, fight with a sword or dagger, shoot a bow; he was loyal to David to the end. When Solomon took the throne, Benaiah moved to the service of Solomon. Benaiah moves easily and simply, because it is a brotherhood. He goes to Solomon and becomes an executor of dirty work.
To go and kill the king's son - only a very strong person is capable of this. He is supposed to kill Adonijah, stick a sword into him. He did not give orders to his servants, he did it himself. These are the kind of God’s men that must be in the kingdom of God!These are the kind of brothers that must with us! Not faint-hearted hares. Benaiah went and killed Adonijah with his sword. Those of you who still have the bunny tail not fallen off, listen, it should fall off today. We are supposed to sweep away a bunch of hare tails.
"So King Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and he struck him, and he died." Oh, how impossible it is for a natural person to listen to such a thing! But you know in your heart that this is the spirit of Jesus. “And to Abiathar the priest the king said, Go to Anathoth, to your own fields, for you are deserving of death; but I will not put you to death at this time, because you carried the ark of the Lord God before my father David, and because you were afflicted every time my father was afflicted." And Solomon removed Abiathar from being priest to the Lord, and the word of the Lord was fulfilled, which he spoke concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh ”(1Kings 2: 26-27).
Solomon never touched the ark, but this man carried the ark of the Lord. He was with David from the beginning. Can you imagine? He touched the sacred trees. He carried the ark of the Lord. Any mistake could cost him his life instantly. Look what Solomon does. The king removed Abiathar from the priesthood to the Lord, and the Word of the Lord was fulfilled concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh. This is Solomon! Such things are done only by a person who sees the Lord before himself. Hey, chicken army, forget about this sermon! Hey, God's army, never forget this Word!
The word about what Solomon was doing reached Joab. Joab, a gray-haired, elderly man, Marshal of Israel, commander of all the troops of Israel, he saw David pass away. He had a relationship with Adonijah, and he thought that Solomon, the "false king" was weak. Joab is thinking: “Solomon dislikes me. Yes, I killed that man of God, but why can't he forgive me?! ”Joab is worried. Here the word reaches him that Adonijahhad been killed and Abiathar the priest had been deprived of the priesthood; and Joab flees to the tabernacle of the Lord and grabs the horns of the altar. And they told Solomon that Joab was at the altar.
Imagine a marshal run. The coup is going on, Solomon is ruling with a strong hand, and Joab is running to save himself! A serious man, he saw such things, he knew the sin of David, he killed Uriah. “David, we have such a covenant with hell together! I signed it after you! David, you told me to kill Uriah, and I killed him. Do you remember??? "-"No! You are a scum! You have never known me, and I don't want to know you, and therefore my son will fulfill what I haven’t made to do”.
“And they told King Solomon that Joab had fled to the tabernacle of the Lord, and that he was by the altar. And Solomon sent Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, strike him down. And Benaiah went to the tabernacle of the LORD, and said to him: "Thus says the king: Come out!" And he said: "No, I want to die here."Benaiah brought back the word to the king, saying: "Thus said Joab, and thus he answered me." The king said to him: “Do as he says, and strike him down and bury him, and take off the innocent blood shed by Joab from me and from my father's house; May the Lord turn his blood on his head because he struck two men more righteous and better than he; he struck them with the sword, without the knowledge of my father David, Abner, the son of Ner, the commander of the army of Israel, and Amasa, the son of Jether, the commander of the army of Judah; let their blood turn upon the head of Joab, and upon the head of his seed forever; but upon David and his seed, and upon his house and his throne, peace be from the Lord forever!"And Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, went and struck and killed him; and he was buried in his house in the wilderness. And king Solomon put Banaja, the son of Jehoiada, in his place over the army; and the king put Zadok the priest in place of Abiathar”(1 Kings 2: 29-35).
Oh, Banaiah! He has just dealt with such people. But the king gives the following order. Banaiah comes, gets strengthened by the Lord, gets washed, gets cleansed in the priesthood in the temple, and goes on to fulfill the command of the king.
The renewal of the kingdom, the renewed structure, the renewal of everything. The Lord gave Solomon reason and wisdom so great and a vast mind, like sand by the sea. Do you think that Solomon was only a builder?! No, he was able to deal with the affairs of his father. Solomon had a mind higher than the mind of all the sons of the East. And the last enemy was overtaken by wise Solomon.
“Now the king sent and called for Shimei and said to him, "Build for yourself a house in Jerusalem and live there, and do not go out from there to any place. "For on the day you go out and cross over the brook Kidron, you will know for certain that you shall surely die; your blood shall be on your own head." Shimei then said to the king, "The word is good. As my lord the king has said, so your servant will do." So Shimei lived in Jerusalem many days. But it came about at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimei ran away to Achish son of Maacah, king of Gath. And they told Shimei, saying, "Behold, your servants are in Gath." Then Shimei arose and saddled his donkey, and went to Gath to Achish to look for his servants. And Shimei went and brought his servants from Gath. It was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and had returned. So the king sent and called for Shimei and said to him, "Did I not make you swear by the LORD and solemnly warn you, saying, 'You will know for certain that on the day you depart and go anywhere, you shall surely die'? And you said to me, 'The word which I have heard is good.' "Why then have you not kept the oath of the LORD, and the command which I have laid on you?" The king also said to Shimei, "You know all the evil which you acknowledge in your heart, which you did to my father David; therefore the LORD shall return your evil on your own head. "But King Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before the LORD forever."
So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and he went out and fell upon him so that he died (1Kings 2:36-46).
Shimei thought perhaps that Solomon was like him, the king had forgotten his words. But Solomon was faithful to his word.
We speak a lot about the spirit of Uraiah, spirit of Abraham, what a beauty is the spirit of Benaiah! He moves from the father to the son and does the hardest work. Only a faithful bond-servant can do such things. This is forever. That means that if Solomon is gone he well be the next one because he is bound with the king by an oath covenant. This is the kind of loyalty we need, brothers and sisters! This is brotherhood.
Benaiah is a warrior of David, and the same Benaiah is a warrior of Solomon. Benaiah in place of Joab. Benaiah cleansed the sanctuary and the army of Israel. Benaiah proved his faithfulness through his obedience to the son. Benaiah made his transition into a new season in a new structure.
This is a new generation of warriors in the spirit of Benaiah, who have made their transition from the old period into the new one. May new Benaiah arise! Do not be afraid: you will not have to “stab with knives”. You will move in the Holy Spirit, so that you can carry the anointing of faithfulness into the nations.