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June 10, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Job 32-34
Audio: Job 32-34

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1 Kings 3 (ESV)

Solomon made a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt. He took Pharaoh’s daughter and brought her into the city of David until he had finished building his own house and the house of the Lord and the wall around Jerusalem.The people were sacrificing at the high places, however, because no house had yet been built for the name of the Lord.

Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. 14 And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

15 And Solomon awoke, and behold, it was a dream. Then he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings and peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.

16 Then two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. 17 The one woman said, “Oh, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house, and I gave birth to a child while she was in the house. 18 Then on the third day after I gave birth, this woman also gave birth. And we were alone. There was no one else with us in the house; only we two were in the house. 19 And this woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on him. 20 And she arose at midnight and took my son from beside me, while your servant slept, and laid him at her breast, and laid her dead son at my breast. 21 When I rose in the morning to nurse my child, behold, he was dead. But when I looked at him closely in the morning, behold, he was not the child that I had borne.” 22 But the other woman said, “No, the living child is mine, and the dead child is yours.” The first said, “No, the dead child is yours, and the living child is mine.” Thus they spoke before the king.

23 Then the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son that is alive, and your son is dead’; and the other says, ‘No; but your son is dead, and my son is the living one.’” 24 And the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So a sword was brought before the king. 25 And the king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.” 26 Then the woman whose son was alive said to the king, because her heart yearned for her son, “Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means put him to death.” But the other said, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him.” 27 Then the king answered and said, “Give the living child to the first woman, and by no means put him to death; she is his mother.” 28 And all Israel heard of the judgment that the king had rendered, and they stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him to do justice.

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  1. First of Many, Many, Wives

    Pharaoh's daughter (who is unnamed) becomes the first wife of Solomon. Under King David, Israel's influence, power and wealth blossomed. Solomon's marriage to the daughter of the Pharaoh of Egypt at that time (probably Siamun) cemented their alliance. 

    1 Kings 11:3 says Solomon, "had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart."

    In this book "All the Women of the Bible", Herbert Lockyer writes, "In the law regulating the life and reign of a king, it was distinctly laid down that he must not multiply wives who would turn his heart away from God (Deuteronomy 17:17). Solomon, above all other kings in Israel, sinned against this decree with disastrous consequences. The nameless daughter of Pharaoh whom he married started him out on the downward course of idolatry (1 Kings 3:1-3; 7:8). He loved many 'strange women,' that is, women of different nationalities, apart from Israel, and he had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines. His wives turned his heart toward other gods, and because of his idolatry accruing from such a strong female influence, God said that at his death He would rend Solomon’s magnificent kingdom in two. While Solomon had built a magnificent temple for God, he likewise built heathen shrines for his idolatrous wives. 'No man can serve two masters,' said the Master Himself. 'Ye cannot serve God and the idols of the world.' May we keep our heart perfect toward God, and not be guilty of seeking to worship and serve Him, yet at the same time have a forbidden shrine housing an idol!"

    While this is looking ahead just a bit, I thought it was important to share before going back to today's chapter and Solomon's humility and prayer for wisdom.

    Humility

    1 Kings 3:7-8 says to the Lord in a dream, "And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude."

    Solomon was more than likely around the age of fifteen when he was named King of Israel. He recognizes it was the Lord who make him king.

    Prayer for Wisdom and God's Response 

    Continuing to answer the Lord he says, in 1 Kings 3:7-8, "Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

    Solomon was not seeking glory for Himself or a long life, riches or the life of his enemies. He wanted to lead God's people with an understanding mind (and to be able to discern good and evil). Solomon knew this wasn't going to happen without the Lord giving him the ability. 

    Because of this, the Lord said to him, "Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. 14 And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days" (1 Kings 3:12-14). 

    I too pray for an understanding mind and discernment.

  2. I can't imagine becoming a king at the age of 15! I find it amazing that at that age, Solomon was wise and discerning enough to ask for wisdom and discernment! 

  3. What would I ask God for if I were leading His people? Would I ask Him for wisdom and discernment? With godly wisdom and discernment, I could make decisions that serve to honor God and glorify Him, while shepherding His people well. 

    Solomon knew what he needed was not worldly signs of success, but godly direction and guidance.  

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