Fait Accompli

Fait accompli is a french term that describes an irreversible fact or deed that has already happened or been decided before those affected hear about it. The implied meaning is that you must accept what has already happened.
This is the strategy used by Adonijah to become king of Israel after David. Of course Adonijah did not have the authority to proclaim himself king and the irreversible fait accompli came at David’s word instead of the reckless Adonijah.
Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king”; and he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. (And his father had not rebuked him at any time by saying, “Why have you done so?” He was also very good-looking. His mother had borne him after Absalom.) Then he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they followed and helped Adonijah. But Zadok the priest, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei, Rei, and the mighty men who belonged to David were not with Adonijah.
And Adonijah sacrificed sheep and oxen and fattened cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by En Rogel; he also invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah, the king’s servants. But he did not invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the mighty men, or Solomon his brother. I Kings 1:5-10
We can see that this situation is created by Adonijah’s ambition and lack of character but also by the inaction of King David. David has already promised the kingdom to Solomon, but not publicly. And while Adonijah took advantage of the situation, David should have been prepared and taken action. And while David does proclaim Solomon the next king, it is really Nathan the prophet that saved the day.
So Nathan spoke to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, “Have you not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith has become king, and David our lord does not know it? Come, please, let me now give you advice, that you may save your own life and the life of your son Solomon. Go immediately to King David and say to him, ‘Did you not, my lord, O king, swear to your maidservant, saying, “Assuredly your son Solomon shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne“? Why then has Adonijah become king?’ Then, while you are still talking there with the king, I also will come in after you and confirm your words.” (vs. 11-14)
The old David quickly moves to action and confirms Solomon as king, but I think we must remember although David had the authority, he was moved to action by Nathan. This is exceptionally important to realize. While our world focuses on the kings of authority we should remember for many the call is to be like Nathan (or Daniel, Joseph, Esther) and take action on behalf of the king and his kingdom. For David’s kingdom to continue and not fail, Solomon had to be king. And while this whole story in the first chapter of Kings displays human action and speeches, it is God working through those in his kingdom to accomplish his purposes and fulfill his promised Davidic kingdom.
While the real fait accompli came at David’s word I don’t think this is the point of the story. Many of us sit idly by while kings do nothing. We have the power to take action but follow our leaders and do nothing. Nathan took action to preserve the kingdom. Don’t overthink what God has given you to do. Do what he has given you the power to do and preserve the kingdom. And remember while Nathan saved the kingdom, he also helped transition Israel from the warrior David to the Solomic reign of peace and prosperity.
Take action! Do what God has put in your heart to do! My action for the King is his truth- to inspire, incite and tell the truth. What are you going to do?

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