In Today's Scripture Reading:
Abiathar banished from priesthood; Joab put to death; Shimei executed; Solomon's control of the kingdom becomes secure
Soon after Solomon became king, we read: Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places (I Kings 3:3). The Tabernacle and the Altar of Burnt Offering were still located at Gibeon, about six miles northwest of Jerusalem (I Chronicles 16:37-40; 21:29). The last major event to take place at Gibeon was Solomon's great dedication service as king (II Chronicles 1:1-13). On the night of that great sacrifice, Solomon had a remarkable dream in which he asked God for an understanding heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between good and bad (I Kings 3:9). God was trying to get Solomon's attention through a dream to remind him that he needed to meditate upon the Scripture, discern between good and bad. Then, Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream (3:15). But this remarkable dream had no lasting affect on his life. Solomon ignored God's Word concerning the kings of Israel: He shall not multiply horses to himself. . . . Neither shall he multiply (take many) wives to himself . . . neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold (Deuteronomy 17:16-17). He not only turned to Egypt for horses but also took Pharaoh's daughter as a wife (I Kings 3:1).
Solomon offered enormous sacrifices to God, built the world famous Temple, and offered the longest recorded prayer in the Bible; but his disregard for God's Word, his many marriages to pagan wives, and his worship at their Canaanite high places (3:3) were all acts of rebellion against God. These actions eventually led to his apostasy.
Solomon refused to follow his godly father's advice to keep the charge (requirements) of the Lord thy God . . . keep . . . His Commandments (2:3). He is typical of the brilliant, multitalented people who compromise biblical principles and assume that God is pleased since they are successful and popular. But compromise is the first foothold of sin that sooner or later destroys one's spiritual usefulness and influence for Christ.
Solomon eventually confessed: I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit (chasing after the wind) (Ecclesiastes 1:14). But, later he wrote: Fear God, and keep His Commandments (12:13).
2:44 privy to =now; 3:1 made affinity =ade an alliance; 3:19 overlaid it =ay on him; 3:26 bowels yearned =otherly compassion; 4:6 tribute =orced labor; 4:28 dromedaries =oung camels; charge =esponsibility.
Through the wisdom which God gave Solomon (I Kings 3:12). We are in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption (I Cor. 1:30). Wonderful Counselor and justice will be distinguishing characteristics of the Messianic King and His reign (Isaiah 9:6-7).
Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcast in memory of Iva Ann McElroy Bible Pathway Accountant: Joe Sarsfield Government Official: Rep. James Langevin (RI) Country: Niger (10 million) in west-central Africa Major languages: French and Hausa Christian evangelism is limited 89% Muslim; 10% animist; .4% Christian Prayer Suggestion: Ask that God's will be done in your life (Luke 22:42).
Optional Reading: Acts 23
Memory Verse for the Week: I John 2:4