The intrigue of the prophet Nathan (1 Kings 1:11-1:14)

“Then Nathan said to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. ‘Have you not heard that Adonijah son of Haggith has become the king? David our lord does not know it. Now therefore come, let me give you advice, so that you may save your own life and the life of your son Solomon. Go in at once to King David, and say to him. ‘Did you not, my lord the king, swear to your servant. ‘Your son Solomon shall succeed me as king. He shall sit upon my throne?’ Why then is Adonijah king?’ Then while you are still there speaking with the king, I also will come in after you and confirm your words.”

Nathan the prophet had a grand scheme. What is so strange about this is that Nathan had opposed Bathsheba and her affair with David in 2 Samuel, chapters 11-12. Now he wanted Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother, to go to David to say that Adonijah has become king. Now here is the problem. There was no indication so far about any promise to make Solomon king. However, Bathsheba seemed to think that David had told her that Solomon was going to succeed to David’s throne. The plot thickens because then Nathan would go in with the same story about Adonijah proclaiming himself king. Thus David would get the information from 2 different sources.

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