The Book of Kings – 1Ki 2:19-27 “In all These Things we are More than Conquerors Through Him that Loved us”

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1Ki 2:19-27 “In all These Things we are More than Conquerors Through Him that Loved us”

[Study Aired July 22, 2021]

1Ki 2:19  Bathsheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right hand.
1Ki 2:20  Then she said, I desire one small petition of thee; I pray thee, say me not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my mother: for I will not say thee nay. 

1Ki 2:21  And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife.
1Ki 2:22  And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why dost thou ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah.
1Ki 2:23  Then king Solomon sware by the LORD, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his own life.
1Ki 2:24  Now therefore, as the LORD liveth, which hath established me, and set me on the throne of David my father, and who hath made me an house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death this day.
1Ki 2:25  And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died.
1Ki 2:26  And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of the Lord GOD before David my father, and because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted.
1Ki 2:27  So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the LORD; that he might fulfil the word of the LORD, which he spake concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.

This opening verse of our study in Kings: “Bathsheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right hand” parallels with these verses in the new covenant which explain what it means for God’s elect, the bride of Christ, to be seated in heavenly places “on his right hand” where we find favour with the King of Kings who is meeting us, and attentively listening to us (Psa 34:17, Psa 34:7, Mat 5:3) and making a way for all things to work together for good for those who love him and who are called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28). This was being reflected in type and shadow with Bathsheba, who represents the church through whom Christ is working in order to have Solomon’s kingdom established greatly, whose kingdom represents Christ our wisdom within, our hope of glory within, the kingdom of God within (1Co 1:30-31, Col 1:27, Luk 17:21).

1Co 1:30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1Co 1:31  That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Col 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Favour is the same as finding grace, or charis, which is His favour upon us, favour that is expressed by being received through Christ who is working in us both to will and to do of God’s good pleasure (Php 2:12-13). His good pleasure is that we would cease from sinning (1Pe 4:1-2) knowing that we will, after we learn to forsake ungodliness and worldly lust (Tit 2:11-12), which can only happen through the fiery trials of this life that are used for the purpose of bringing us unto perfection, which will come in the first resurrection (Luk 13:32).

1Pe 4:1  Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
1Pe 4:2  That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

Tit 2:11  For the graceG5485 of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Tit 2:12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

God’s will, or living the rest of our lives “to the will of God“, is discovered in us by coming out of the world within us, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life God gives us the power to overcome through Christ. Coming out of ‘her my people’, or coming out of the world, is typified by the steps God inspired Bathsheba to take to address the carnal concerns of Adonijah who represents our old man who needs to be torn down and destroyed through Christ so our obedience can be fulfilled (1Jn 2:16-17, Rom 8:35-37, 2Co 10:5-6).

1Jn 2:16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
1Jn 2:17  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long [1Pe 4:1-2]; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

2Co 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2Co 10:6  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

We are encouraged and admonished to live and die for Christ (Rom 14:8) and not to live to the flesh (Rom 8:9). We are to consider ourselves dead to sin and alive in Christ (Rom 6:11-14) knowing that when God opens our eyes to the truth, it will quicken us in this age and set us free, if we are granted to continue in it and be led by it (Joh 6:63-64, Joh 8:31-32, Rom 8:14-16).

Rom 14:8  For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s [God’s workmanship is dying daily and is alive in Christ, and we are decreasing and He is increasing through that process (Eph 2:8-10, Joh 3:30)].

Rom 6:11  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Rom 6:12  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Rom 6:13  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you [1Jn 4:17]. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his  purpose.

Heb 5:7  Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
Heb 5:8  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

It is by going through the fiery trials of this life (1Pe 4:12) that we will bear witness that we are His children. God’s spirit will purify the elect in this age as we learn that “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us“, all these things meaning all our trials, all our tribulation, all our crying out to our Abba, Father, who hears us because we fear Him (Heb 5:7-8)

Heb 5:7  Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
Heb 5:8  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

1Ki 2:19  Bathsheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right hand.

This opening verse expresses the language of Christ’s intimate walk with those who are having God’s kingdom established greatly within them. Solomon bowing himself to Bathsheba reminds us of the imagery of Christ bowing and washing the feet of His disciples, His church (Joh 13:4-5). Christ is now seated on the right hand of God (Heb 10:11-12, Act 7:55, Col 3:1) and God has caused us to be seated in heavenly places with Christ (Eph 2:4-6), which is what this imagery is reminding us: “and caused a seat to be set for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right hand“.

Christ’s elect, typified by Bathsheba, will go to Solomon who typifies Christ “to speak to him for Adonijah“(who typifies our sinful old man). Bathsheba going to king Solomon typifies our going to Christ to confess our faults (1Jn2:1), our carnal reasoning and weakness typified by Adonijah’s persistent carnal requests to want his flesh to rule and reign as opposed to the rightful heir, king Solomon, who represents our hope of glory, Jesus Christ, ruling within our heavens. Bathsheba can’t help but hear the request of the older brother Adonijah (1Ch 3:1-4), and yet because God is showing mercy to her as a type of the church, she goes unto her youngest son (1Ch 3:5) (the younger who will rule the older  – Rom 9:12) to obtain grace in time of need (Gal 5:17, Heb 4:16). It is interesting to note that both Adonijah and Solomon were listed as being the fourth son of David – Adonijah in Hebron (4th of 6 sons born there) and Solomon in Jerusalem (4th of 9 sons born there – 1Ch 3:1-9).

1Jn 2:1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Rom 9:12  It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.

Gal 5:17  For the flesh [Adonijah] lusteth against the Spirit [Solomon], and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Heb 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need [as Bathsheba was doing].

How Christ receives us when we confess our faults should be the way we receive each other, and Solomon typifies that (Psa 51:1-14) spirit as he desires to clear up this matter for Bathsheba, revealed in these words: “And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right hand“. This imagery brings to mind the foot washing and the need for us to cover each others’ sins which can only be done through God’s goodness and power, “his right hand“, that leads us to repentance (Rom 2:4), and also by His softening of our hearts so we forgive “even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Eph 4:32).

Psa 51:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Psa 51:2  Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
Psa 51:3  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is  ever before me.
Psa 51:4  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done  this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest [Rom 2:4].
Psa 51:5  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Psa 51:6  Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom [Col 3:3].
Psa 51:7  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psa 51:8  Make me to hear joy and gladnessthat the bones  which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Psa 51:9  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Psa 51:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Psa 51:11  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Psa 51:12  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Psa 51:13  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Psa 51:14  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

[none of these underlined statements can happen unless “the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right hand]

God is exalted in this process of sanctification (Joh 17:17) which process has its beginning typified in the events of Luke 24:30-32, where Christ meets us on the road to Emmaus, meeting us where we are in our understanding and bowing himself unto us to wash our feet and to share in the breaking of bread (1Co 10:16): “And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne“. This meeting is typical of the foot washing which is done from a holy place from above “on his throne” signifying the cleansing we receive from God from above. The answer of the tongue and the preparation of the heart of Bathsheba is of the Lord, typified by Solomon who “caused a seat to be set for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right hand” (Pro 16:1). If we are blessed to sit at His right hand today in this age in earnest it will be for the express purpose of having Him sanctify us with His word and cleanse us from all unrighteousness through the blood of Christ (Heb 9:13-15).

Luk 24:30  And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
Luk 24:31  And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
Luk 24:32  And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

1Co 10:16  The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

Heb 9:13  For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
Heb 9:14  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God [“And their eyes were opened“]?
Heb 9:15  And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

1Ki 2:20  Then she said, I desire one small petition of thee; I pray thee, say me not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my mother: for I will not say thee nay.
1Ki 2:21  And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife.

A little leaven leavens the whole lump (Gal 5:9-10) just as this “one small petition” asked of Solomon would have done had he been trying to appease the flesh of men and not be obedient unto God (1Sa 15:22-23).

Gal 5:9  A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
Gal 5:10  I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.

1Sa 15:22  And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrificeand to hearken than the fat of rams.
1Sa 15:23  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from  being king.

Solomon typifies what our loving Father in heaven always wants for us, and that is to give us the desires of our heart (Psa 37:4-6), if those desires are in accord with His will (1Jn 5:14-15). So there is no commanding God for anything just as there was no commanding of Solomon of anything (Isa 45:11), if it is not in accord with God’s will. Bathsheba making this request on behalf of Adonijah was just that, a request and not a demand, and her asking was done in a spirit of meekness without being presumptuous as Adonijah, who represents our flesh, was doing all the while (Psa 19:13).

Psa 37:4  Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Psa 37:5  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Psa 37:6  And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

Isa 45:11  Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.

1Jn 5:14  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
1Jn 5:15  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Psa 19:13  Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins [self willed, self righteous, iniquity], let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression [Php 3:9].

Dennis brought out on one of our fellowship calls that this request of letting “Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife” is akin to taking away the heat of the king, the warmth that the bride of Christ provides for the king. It is the same as giving our crown up to another man (Rev 3:11), the other man being Adonijah, who represents the first man Adam who wants to separate that which God has brought together (Mar 10:9), and Solomon, who typifies Christ, is not going to allow this to happen (Rom 8:35).

Rev 3:11  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Mar 10:9  What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall  tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

1Ki 2:22  And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why dost thou ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah.

Solomon knows that Bathsheba is doing what she was asked to do of Adonijah, who is her stepson whose mother is Haggith (2Sa 3:1-4). Abraham’s desire to see Ishmael ‘live before thee’ in Genesis 17:18, tells us why Bathsheba in like manner is respectfully asking the king this request of Adonijah, not aware of his hidden agenda that Solomon is going to make clear to her. It is in the larger context of these events unfolding that she is reminded by Solomon what Adonijah’s evil surmisings are leading up to (2Co 11:13-15), and no one is exempt from the king’s gaze that is going to scatter all these characters to the wind “ask for him the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah” (Pro 20:8, Mat 6:22).

Gen 17:18  And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!

2Co 11:13  For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
2Co 11:14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
2Co 11:15  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Pro 20:8  A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

Mat 6:22  The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

The elder brother (Adonijah) represents the first man Adam who will not reign (Rom 9:12) but rather will be destroyed. Just as there was a war between the house of Saul [our flesh] and the house of David [Christ in us, our hope of glory] and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker, as we are told in 2Samuel 3:1. What we are being shown in these verses tonight is that the first man Adam will be destroyed. In typical language, the first Adam is also “Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah” who represent our religious beast that has seven heads and ten horns (Rev 13:1). Joab is the son of Zeruiah and has this family name that means “balm”, but he does not have the stay of bread or the stay of water that represents the truth of God (Isa 3:1, Isa 4:1, Jer 46:11) as was expounded upon in previous studies with this book of Kings.

Rom 9:12  It was said unto her, The elder (Adonijah) shall serve the younger (Solomon).

Rev 13:1  And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

Isa 4:1  And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

Jer 46:11  Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shalt thou use many medicines; for thou shalt not be cured.

These are the names of blasphemy: “AbiatharH54 the priest, and for JoabH3097 the son of ZeruiahH6870“, because they only name God without the spirit of God, and therefore they blaspheme God by taking his name in vain. It is therefore a negative example of balm as well.

1Ki 2:23  Then king Solomon sware by the LORD, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his own life.

Solomon ‘sware by the Lord’ that Adonijah has “spoken this word against his own life” and he is so sure of this that he says “do so to me, and more also if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his own life“.  Part of the lesson is that our own iniquities will chasten us in this life (Jer 2:19) and Solomon saying “do so to me, and more also if…” is something that won’t entirely happen to Solomon who typifies God’s elect. On the other hand Adonijah is being spoken of as being killed in this part of the sentence “do so to me“,  and the “and more also” part of that statement is typical of having to endure the second resurrection lake of fire judgment as opposed to being in the “better resurrection” which comes about by our being judged in this age (Luk 12:5, Heb 11:35).

Jer 2:19  Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

Luk 12:5  But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

Heb 11:35  Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

1Ki 2:24  Now therefore, as the LORD liveth, which hath established me, and set me on the throne of David my father, and who hath made me an house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death this day.

The decree of the king for Adonijah’s death is spoken of in terms of absolute certainty reminding us that it is God who has established these unfolding circumstances that were declared with the judgment of Solomon who typifies God’s elect who are coming to see more and more how our own sinful nature must be put to death as we come to acknowledge that it can only be accomplished by “the LORD liveth, which hath established me, and set me on the throne of David my father“.

By Solomon taking these predestined actions, God’s elect are learning that the promise of making him “an house” will be fulfilled at the expense of the gates of hell being destroyed or not prevailing (Mat 16:17). That house typifies the body of Christ, the temple of God which we are (1Co 3:16). “Adonijah shall be put to death this day” is the day of the Lord that is also represented by the destruction of physical temple (Mar 13:2).

Mat 16:17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it
unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Mar 13:2  And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

1Ki 2:25  And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died.

Solomon sends Benaiah the son of Jehoiada to slay Adonijah. Solomon represents Christ, and Jehoaida represents the elect who are sent to destroy the old man (Joh 20:21, Mat 10:34). In this case, one has to tear down before they build, or a seed must die in order for fruit to be brought forth (Joh 12:24), so the one whose name means “Jah has built” is showing us that God’s kingdom will be built by destroying the old and establishing the new through Christ (2Co 5:17).

Joh 20:21  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace  be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

Mat 10:34  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword [Heb 4:12, Rev 1:16, Jer 5:14, 1Jn 4:17].

Joh 12:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

1Ki 2:26  And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of the Lord GOD before David my father, and because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted.

What must die in us is “Abiathar the priest” by going to “Anathoth, unto thine own fields“, which was symbolic language showing us that Abiathar, who was once faithful to David (1Sa 22:20-23) but rebelled with Adonijah (1Ki 1:7), was commanded of Solomon to “get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields“. The fields represent his going back into the world (Mat 13:38, 1Co 15:32), and seeing Abiathar go to Anathoth really was another step in greatly establishing Solomon’s kingdom, which steps represent our maturing in the Lord that happens when we no longer ask amiss to consume things upon our own lusts as the Lord gives us power to put to death the beast within us that has two horns like a lamb but speaks as a dragon (1Ki 3:9, Rev 13:11).

1Ki 3:9  Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

1) son of Becher and grandson of Benjamin (noun proper masculine)
2) one of the heads of the people who signed the covenant with Nehemiah (noun proper masculine)
3) a city of Benjamin allotted to the priest; located approximately 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Jerusalem; birthplace of the prophet Jeremiah (noun proper locative)

We all lose our first love and go back into the world, but these events of Abiathar represent the latter religious beast that must be put to death at an appointed time (Rev 13:11). This death that is going to happen to Abiathar is symbolic of going back into the world like Demas, who loved this present world, and departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, and Titus unto Dalmatia, who represent the dead who now must bury their own dead in their spiritually dead state (2Ti 4:10, Luk 9:60, Luk 2:49).

Luk 9:60  Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

Luk 2:49  And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

God’s severity and goodness is being shown in these verses in regard to Abiathar’s death (Rom 11:22) demonstrating how others are sacrificed for God’s elect, people who were appointed to not endure until the end as was being typified by Abiathar. While he was “before David my father” who represents Christ, Solomon declared “I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of the Lord GOD before David my father, and because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted“. Bearing the ark is another way of saying ‘doing service unto the elect’ who are represented by that ark (Heb 13:10, Heb 9:4). This priest at his appointed time was helping bear the ark “before David my father“, who represents Christ, and Abiathar was “afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted“. God has determined from the foundation of the world who He is going to show mercy to first and is calling us to see that those who were “afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted” represent those who “as concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes” (Rom 11:28-32). Solomon’s statement of the timing of the death of Abiathar being withheld until later is a shadow of how “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations [God’s elect], and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” [Abiathar in type] (2Pe 2:9).

1Ki 2:27  So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the LORD; that he might fulfil the word of the LORD, which he spake concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.

It is Christ who thrusts out the false prophet from our heavens as we look well to ourselves and to the flock (Act 20:28) that we “might fulfill the word of the LORD” (Eph 3:10). What we speak as the bride of Christ is always done in a place  “concerning the house of EliH5941 in ShilohH7887“, where we are raised in heavenly places or ascend through Christ into a place of rest where we can cast all our cares upon Him and become more than conquerors through Him (Eph 2:6, Heb 4:9, Rom 8:37).

1Sa 2:27  And there came a man of God unto Eli [in Shiloh where Eli and his sons were priests of the the Lord (1Sa 1:3, 1Sa 1:24)], and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh’s house?
1Sa 2:31  Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father’s house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house.
1Sa 14:3  And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod’s brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD’S priest in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the people knew not that Jonathan was gone.
1Sa 22:20  And one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped, and fled after David. [Abiathar was apparently a great-great-grandson of Eli.]

Act 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Eph 3:10  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Heb 4:9  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Conclusion:

Bathsheba represents the meek who will inherit the earth and will rule and reign under Christ (Mat 5:5).

If we are going to rule under Christ, we need to have a humble and contrite heart created in us, typified by this story where Bathsheba’s careful and humble approach while talking with king Solomon preserved the lineage of David’s line as God had intended (Ecc 5:1-2).

Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Ecc 5:1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.
Ecc 5:2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

We need to be given the faith from God to identify those parts of Babylon still within us out of which we are commanded to come (2Co 6:17) in order to become as a woman who is meek and of great price (Pro 30:20, 1Pe 3:4-5).

2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Pro 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

1Pe 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
1Pe 3:5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

When we don’t walk circumspectly, we rush to judgment and don’t understand what the will of God is (Eph 5:15-17). We assume things should be a certain way, and we don’t seek a multitude of counsel where there is safety (Pro 11:14), resulting in our not doing things decently and in order (1Co 14:40). All these qualities are in our first man Adam typified by the negative example of Adonijah as opposed to the very respectful and meek approach of Bathsheba.

Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Eph 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Pro 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

1Co 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

The churches of this world are likened to a harlot for that reason, commanding God (Isa 45:11), with her own traditions, the traditions of men which are all vanity and formed out of the fertile imagination of our corrupt hearts that naturally take His gold and wrap it around the idol of our hearts (Mat 15:9, Eze 14:3-4). It is in all the fiery (1Pe 4:12) experiences of the elect’s life, the much tribulation (Act 14:22), the many afflictions (Psa 34:19), the persecution (2Ti 3:12), that God has written in our books that we will be blessed to overcome and ‘come out her my people’ as we learn that “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Rom 8:37).

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