1 Kings 2:24 “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 promised, Adonijah shall be put to death today!”
Adonijah had already attempted to take the kingdom before Solomon was crowned as David’s successor. And now he asked for David’s concubine. Concubines were only handed down to the next king, so by doing this Adonijah attempted to undermine Solomon’s authority and position in the eyes of the people. Solomon had previously shown mercy to Adonijah as long as “he proves himself a worthy man, not one hair of him shall fall to the earth; but if wickedness is found in him, he shall die.” 1 Kings 1:52. After all, they were raised as brothers. But Solomon could not allow the latest challenge to go undealt with and he swiftly brought the promised consequences to Adonijah. It had to be done. That leopard wasn’t going to change his spots.
We would do well to learn this lesson from Solomon and deal swiftly and decisively with those rebellious things in us and around us. If we want to serve as kings and priests to our God then we must be prepared to deal harshly with all that interferes with that. The flesh will not change it’s spots. Neither will the world. Some things just need a speedy execution.