1 Kings – Chapter 3

1 kings chapter 3

Verse 1 – It’s easy to minimize religious differences in marrying or in friendships. God gives standards to follow for all our relationships. Although Solomon’s marital alliance built friendships with surrounding nations, they were also the beginning of his downfall. Solomon’s foreign wives brought their gods to Jerusalem and eventually lured him into idolatry.
Verses 2, 3 – These sacrifices that took place in the high places, were taken out from the watchful care of the priest. God’s laws said that the Israelites could only make sacrifices in specific places (Deuteronomy 12:13, 14). God appeared and spoke to Solomon during prayer, at night, not during his sacrifice.
Verses 6-9 – When asked what Solomon wanted, he asked for, “a discerning heart,” – wisdom. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Verse 12 – Solomon received “a wise and discerning heart” from God, but it was up to Solomon to apply that wisdom to all areas of his life. While Solomon remained wise all his life, he did not always act upon his wisdom (11:6)).
Verses 13-18 – This wise ruling was verification that God had answered Solomon’s prayer and given him a discerning heart. All we have to do is ask.

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