Today we look at Haggith, another woman who is only mentioned in context with her son. But her context is completely different than that of Zeruiah who we looked at on Tuesday.
We learn in 2 Samuel 3:4 that Haggith was David’s fifth wife and mother of his fourth son.
In 1 Kings 1:5 we’re told, Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king”. King David, his father, was getting on in age and was not doing well. So Adonijah took it upon himself to succeed his father. He was good looking and his father had spoiled him, so he was used to getting his way. He prepared for himself chariots and horsemen and fifty men to run before him. He got Joab and Abiathar the priest to go along with him.
He sacrificed sheep and oxen and cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by En Rogel. He invited his brothers, the men of Judah, and the king’s servants, but he didn’t invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the mighty men, or his brother Solomon.
When Nathan heard what was going on, he told Bathsheba, “Have you not heard that Adonijah, the son of Haggith, has become king and David doesn’t know it?”
The two of them went to David, telling him what was going on. Then, while Adonijah and his guests were still feasting, celebrating their takeover, David had Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet officially anoint Solomon as the new king. And all the people rejoiced and exclaimed, “Long live King Solomon!”The played flutes and make so much noise that Adonijah and his guests heard the uproar.
Jonathan, the son of Abiathar the priest came to tell Adonijiah the news. And when his guests heard, they were afraid and scurried away.
Adonijah didn’t go down without a fight. In 2 Kings 2:11, again he is identified as the son of Haggith when he went to Bathsheba and tried to wed Abishag, David’s concubine. As a result of that treasonous request, he was put to death.
The Bible tells us nothing about Haggith’s character, but the fact that her name is included when her son behaves as he does, gives indication that his behavior was a reflection on her. Most likely, she, too, was beautiful, spoiled, and used to getting her way. What a sad commentary for the wife of a king and the mother of a prince.
Lord God, thank you for yet another reminder of the power a mother has on her children. Please guide as in the ways that You would have us to behave as wives and mothers. Forgive us those times we lose sight and try to force our way on others. May Your will be done in all that we do. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.