“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Who Was Solomon?

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

Solomon, the tenth son of David and second by Bathsheba, and the third king of Israel.  Under his rule Jerusalem was embellished with several royal buildings and the Temple of God  (1Kings 9:15, 24; 11:27).  He had a great army and navy (1Kings 4:26; 10:26).  He, according to the Scriptures, had 700 wives and 300 concubines and reigned in luxury and extravagance (1Kings 11:3).  He was a man noted for his wisdom (1Kings 3:3-14).  He was the author of 3000 proverbs (a collection of moral sayings and counsels) and 1005 songs (1Kings 4:32).  Later he lapsed into idolatry, being influenced by his foreign wives (1Kings 11:4), and even built an alter to Chemosh, the Moabite god of child sacrifice.  He ruled for a forty year period and then was succeeded by his son Rehoboam (1Kings 11:42, 43). 

“Solomon Asks For Wisdom”, 1Kings 3:1) And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh King of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the House of The Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.  2) Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the Lord, until those days.  3) And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father:  only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.  Deuteronomy 10:12; Luke 10:27.  4) And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there:  for that was the great high place:  a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.  1Chronicles 16:39.  5) In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night:  and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.  6) And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto Thy servant David my father great mercy (or bounty), according as he walked before Thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with Thee; and Thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that Thou has given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.  7) And now, O Lord my God, Thou hast made Thy servant king instead of David my father:  and I am but a little child:  I know not how to go out or come in.  8) And Thy servant is in the midst of Thy people which Thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.  Deuteronomy 7:6; Genesis 13:16.  9) Give therefore Thy servant an understanding (hearing) heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between good and bad:  for who is able to judge this Thy so great a people?  Hebrews 5:14.  10) And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.  11) And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;  12) Behold, I have done according to thy words:  lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.  1John 5;14; Ecclesiastes1:16.  13) And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour:  so that there shall not be any among kings like unto thee all thy days.  14) And if thou wilt walk in My Ways, to keep My Statutes and My Commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.  Proverbs 3:2.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, married, Political alliances were often ratified by the marriage of the son of one king to the daughter of another.  v2, 3, Such hilltop areas or high places provided a setting where Canaanite religious rites could be infiltrated into Israel’s worship (11:7; 2Kings 16:4)..  v4, 5, Gibeon is a hill about six miles north west of Jerusalem.  v6, 7, The term for child often refers to a servant or an inexperienced person. (19:21; 20:14-15; 2Kings 4:12).  v8, 9, An understanding heart:  The phrase suggested his willingness to listen to all sides of an issue, and the desire for the ability to reason.  v10-12, God answered Solomon’s request granting him not only an understanding heart, but one that was wise v13, 14, what you have not asked:  Because Solomon chose a greater gift than riches and honor, God promised everything else as well (Matthew 6:33).

More to come and God Bless You.

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