David, the “Man after God’s own Heart, has died; Solomon his son takes the throne.
Solomon begin his reign in one of the most spectacular ways imaginable. The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and said to him: “Ask what shall I give you“.
Solomon said to the Lord “I am a little child, I do not know how to go out or come in…Therefore give to your servant an understaning heart to judge your people...”
Solomon’s speech pleased the Lord and the Lord said to him:
1 Kings 3
“Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days.”
Of all the things that Solomon could have asked for, he requested wisdom. Solomon recognized the limitations of his own mind and the certainty that his heart would deceive him on many occasions. Only if the Lord should grant him wisdom would he have the capacity to know how to rule over God’s people. Later in the book of Proverbs, Solomon wrote that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” The term “fear” means to respect, or honor for the Lord. This is the starting place for gaining a wise and discerning mind.
Although Solomon had an amazing beginning, he did not finish well.
Against the advice of the Lord Solomon incresed his wives, horses and wealth and these things drew his heart away from the Lord.
1 Kings 11:4
For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God, as was the heart of his father David.
Unfortunately, we also learn from Solomon, what not to do and the danger of falling away from the Lord later in life if we do not maintain a true heart for Him.
[box]After Solomon dies, the kingdom is divided and the people fall away from the Lord. The lesson of Solomon’s life is to keep the Lord first in all things and to not love the things of the world which always draw us away from the Lord.[/box]
19 Studies in Mp3 Audio
Play: That You May Prosper by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapter 2 Part 1
Play: I Will Hold You Accountable by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapter 2 Part 2
Play: Give Your Servant an Understanding Heart by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapter 3 Part 1
Play: Wisdom From God by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapter 3 Part 2
Play: Give Me Largeness of Heart by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapter 4
Play: To Build a House For The Lord by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapter 5
Play: I Will Meet You at the Place of Mercy by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapter 6
Play: I Will Make You a Pillar by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapter 7
Play: When You Pray by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapter 8 Part 1
Play: The Plagues of Your Heart by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapter 8 Part 2
Play: What is Most Valuable by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapter 8 Part 3
Play: If You Walk Before Me by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapter 9
Play: From Wisdom to What Happened? by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapter 10
Play: The Measure of a Man by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapter 11
Play: God’s Sovereignty, Your Choices by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapter 12
Play: Reasonable Doubts by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapter 13
Play: Do You Really Trust Me? by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapter 17
Play: Tough Times Produce Tough People by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapters 17-18
Play: A Still Small Voice by Rob Robinson
1 Kings Chapter 19