So Solomon dismissed Abiathar from being priest to the Lord, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord, which He had spoken concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh. – 1 Kings 2:27
As King David lay dying, his son Adonijah (by Haggith; originally, 4th in line to the throne, but now 2nd behind Chileab) tried to secure the kingship through a coup. Joab (commanding general of Israel’s army) and Abiathar (the high priest of Israel) joined Adonijah’s rebellion. Bathsheba was able to foil their attempts, however, by having David formally name Solomon as king. Ultimately, Joab was executed and Abiathar was banished for their complicity.
Decades, even centuries earlier Eli’s wicked sons had sinned against God. As a descendant of Eli, Abiathar’s removal had been promised many years prior, proving once again that God’s Word does not fail. His judgment is always certain and always sure. Though to us it may seem like He is not in control, be assured that He is.
We are saved by God’s sovereign grace, but His judgment is no less certain. God reigns in both.
It is with men as with wheat; the light heads are erect even in the presence of Omnipotence, but the full heads bow in reverence before Him. – Richard Joseph Cooke
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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