- Solomon began his reign by
offering a sacrifice to the Lord on the bronze altar before the tabernacle
at Gibeon. He asked for wisdom and knowledge in order to govern the people
- Solomon clearly sought the
things of God and the Kingdom of Heaven before himself. For that reason
the Lord blessed him beyond his wildest dreams.
- Solomon took the work of
the Lord extremely seriously. He, like his father before him, spared no
expense or effort when it came to building the Kingdom of God.
- As magnificent as the
Temple was it could only be called a mere shadow in comparison to the
reality of Heaven. There is nothing that man can ever build or create that
will give the Lord the honor that He truly deserves.
- We no longer need to go to
where the Spirit dwells because the Spirit has taken up residence within
the believer! Wow! Mindboggling!
- Solomon takes the presence
of the cloud of God in the Temple as an assurance that the promises made
to his father were sure to be fulfilled.
- Christ should be central
in our lives. There should be nothing that we value higher than Him! The
presence of the Holy Spirit within the believer is the parallel with the
cloud filling the Temple of God.
- Solomon bases his prayer
on the faithfulness of God to His promises and His love for His people. Solomon prays that the Lord: would keep a
member of David’s family upon the throne; that His eyes would be open
toward the Temple day and night; that the innocent would be declared not
guilty; that confessed sin would be forgiven; that the people would be
taught the right way to live; that foreigners would be among those that
the Lord hears; and that the people of God would have victory over their
enemies. A third of these petitions have to do with the forgiveness of
- Essential to effective
prayer is a repentant heart.
- The presence of God
showing up by consuming the sacrifice and filling the Temple with the
cloud of His presence filled the people with joy knowing that the Lord
would hear their prayers. God’s mercy should overwhelm us to the point
where we want to continually give Him thanks. When we truly understand His
mercy and His grace then His praise will continually be upon our lips.
- The promises of God to
Solomon and his father David were conditioned upon Solomon and his
descendents obeying the Word of the Lord. How often do we want to claim
His promises but forget that they are conditional? Far too often I’m
afraid. When I do not realize His promises in my life it must be because I
have not fulfilled the conditions!
- The Queen of Sheba was
amazed of both the achievements, wealth, and wisdom of King Solomon. I
likewise have been amazed at the power, wealth, and wisdom that is never
ending that comes from the Lord. There truly is no end to His
understanding or power to reach out His hand and deliver.
- Rehoboam refused to listen to the elder statesmen and instead listened to his younger and inexperienced cohorts. Rehoboam lacked the wisdom of his father and did not gather wise counselors around him, but instead gathered those that would tell him what he wanted to hear.