Verse 1 – Very little is mentioned about Israel, the northern kingdom, because 2 Chronicles was written for Judeans who had returned from captivity in Babylon.
Verses 2-5 – The Tent of Meeting, or tabernacle, that Moses had built centuries earlier (Exodus 35-40) was still in operation, although it had been moved several times. When Solomon became king, it was located in Gibeon. All the furniture for the tabernacle was kept at Gibeon except the ark of God, which David had moved to Jerusalem. The tabernacle of Gibeon however, was still considered Israels main religious center until Solomon built the temple in Jerusalem.
Verse 10 – Solomon has an open invitation from God to ask what he wanted. He is about 20 years old at this time. By asking for wisdom, he will be able to make good decisions based on discernment and judgment. Solomon put the needs of the people first (so it seems) by asking for wisdom instead of riches. Later Solomon wrote, wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her (Proverbs 3:15). That same wisdom is available to us as believers–the same God offers it. First, we ask God, who “gives generously to all without finding fault (James 1:5).” Second, we devote ourselves wholeheartedly to His Word, the source of divine wisdom.
Verses 11, 12 – Because Solomon asked for wisdom, God said he would have that, and the riches, wealth and honor with it. Jesus spoke about priorities also. He said that when we put God first, everything we really need will be given to us as well (Matthew 6:33). When we have a purpose for living and learn to be content with what we have, we will have greater wealth than we could ever accumulate in material things.
Verses 16, 17 – Solomon invested heavily in horses bought from Egypt and chariots as a basis for increasing his own wealth. Although these items are mentioned here as representative of Solomon’s material success, they were also in violation of God’s ordinance. Deuteronomy 17:16, 17–Verse 16–“But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the Lord has said to you,’You shall not return that way again.’ Verse 17–Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself.” (Ut-O, wrong on all 3 of these) We can ask for wisdom in any area of our lives, but if we don’t use that wisdom that is given and go against God’s principles, it will always come with consequences we don’t like or want. I don’t believe we should have to tell a believer over and over again, to read the Word of God. In this day and age people want instant success and gratification without the discipline of finding out what God says about the matter. When we make God’s Word a number 1 priority in our lives, everything else will fall into place.