The Faithful Pacesetters

Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible

Getting The Right Team

Bible Character: King Solomon

Why did Solomon kill his enemies as soon as he became King…even his own brother?

So King Solomon gave orders to Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he struck down Adonijah and he died. 1 Kings 2:25

Then Solomon ordered Benaiah son of Jehoiada, “Go, strike him down!” 1 Kings 2:32

King David wanted Solomon to take over as king for him, but Adonijah, Solomon’s older brother, attempted to steal the kingdom from him.

Solomon also knew that when his father was King, Joab had killed two innocent men. Those two men were both commanders, and he did this without telling his father David.

Remove the bad

Killing Adonijah and Joab was an extreme measure, barbaric, but King Solomon knew that his team would not function well if individuals like this continued to operate within his kingdom. Chances are Adonijah and Joab would have conspired against King Solomon. Sometimes we inherit individuals that will do the same to us.

Leaders often wait too long to remove someone who is having a negative impact on the organization. Terminating staff members is one of the hardest functions a leader performs, and it should always be difficult.  Nonetheless, the felt consequences of waiting too long are costly.


The foundation of a team starts with having individuals on it that you can trust. If you can’t trust your team, you will eventually have many other problems.

God had a lot of confidence in Solomon. God knew from Solomon’s prayers that his heart was in the right place and he could trust him to build his Temple.  Solomon surrounded himself with individuals that could move the kingdom to the next level.  Adonijah and Joab did not qualify for that team.


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