This past Sunday, we discussed the life of David. In particular, we surveyed his encounter with Bathsheba. David’s repentant heart and his willingness to face his sin serves as a model for us. In time, God offers grace to David and Bathsheba through the birth of Solomon. As we continue the story this week, we find young King Solomon overwhelmed by the responsibilities of his new role. God comes to him and gives him a remarkable opportunity.
Our story begins with Solomon traveling to a place called Gibeon. This is a place of worship, a place where he would be able to offer sacrifices to God. While in this place, God comes to him and offers to grant him whatever he wants. How would you respond? What might you ask God to give you? Solomon’s response pleases God. He considers his new role as king and asks God for a discerning heart.
Join us as we study 1 Kings 3:4-15 on Sunday.
(1 Kings 3:4-15 NIV) The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day. “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream. He returned to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord’s covenant and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then he gave a feast for all his court.