05/31/2018 — 1 Kings Chapters 3 & 4
So, these chapters seem a paradox. In Chapter 4 we read:
29 God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. 30 Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite—wiser than Heman, Kalkol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations.
But even with all this wisdom we will see Solomon default into practices the Lord abhorred. Early in his reign we see in Chapter 3: 3 Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.
We will see more details of this idolatry as we read further in Kings. It certainly appears that unlike his father, David, (who certainly was not faultless) Solomon never had the most important character trait of David — being a man “after God’s own heart.”
My hope is that as we read through the details of Solomon’s reign we keep in focus several things: (1) Solomon did not build his empire or make preparation for the temple – he inherited them (2) The innumerable ways Solomon was blessed by the Lord (3) Even with this blessing he was responsible for obeying the Lord and his own actions (free will)