In 1 Kings 1 it is easy to see Satan at work through Adonijah King Davids son. Adonijah wanted a position and tried to take it rather than trusting in God and accepting his position. In other words Adonijah was guilty of coveting and this jealousy led to his wrongful actions.
We can witness the application of Matthew 10:16 as well through the actions of Nathan the prophet and Bathsheba King Davids wife. The interesting part of the lesson is this; “King David was old and weak but this did not stop him from standing up to do what was right by God.”
Think about it! Adonijah had people already standing with him as he tried to claim this position and King David could have just rolled over in bed but he did not. This is how Satan works by preying upon the weak and vulnerable. He often tries to get others to join him in his corner to help persuade or over take a position in order to interrupt something that has been given through obedience to the Lord. This is where we must recognize the ways of the devil and learn to stand upon the rock of Jesus Christ for what is simply right by God. At no time are we to just roll over in our sleep and allow evil to rape us of our God given rights as a child….The object is to be wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove while learning to pass the mantle before the light grows weak and dim…The passing of the mantle is what many fail to understand and this often has negative impacts on the people…
James A. Harrison