24 Aug. 1 Kings 3:1-15

24 Aug.  Solomon asks for wisdom and makes an alliance with Egypt

“Solomon made an agreement with the king of Egypt by marrying his daughter and bringing her to Jerusalem. At this time Solomon was still building his palace and the Temple of the LORD, as well as a wall around Jerusalem. The Temple for the worship of the LORD had not yet been finished, so people were still sacrificing at altars in many places of worship.”

“Solomon showed he loved the LORD by following the commands his father David had given him, except many other places of worship were still used to offer sacrifices and to burn incense. King Solomon went to Gibeon to offer a sacrifice, because it was the most important place of worship. He offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar."

“While he was at Gibeon, the LORD appeared to him in a dream during the night. God said, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’ Solomon answered, ‘You were very kind to your servant, my father David. He obeyed you, and he was honest and lived right. You showed great kindness to him when you allowed his son to be king after him.’”

“’LORD my God, now you have made me, your servant, king in my father’s place. But I am like a little child; I don’t know how to do what must be done. I, your servant, am here among your chosen people, and there are too many of them to count. I ask that you give me an obedient heart so I can rule the people in the right way and will know the difference between right and wrong. Otherwise, it is impossible to rule this great people of yours.’”

“The LORD was pleased that Solomon had asked this. So God said to him, ‘You did not ask for a long life, or riches for yourself or the death of your enemies. Since you asked for wisdom to make the right decisions, I will do what you asked. I will give you wisdom and understanding that is greater than anyone has had in the past or will have in the future.’”

“’I will also give you what you did not ask for: riches and honour. During your life no other king will be as great as you. If you follow me and obey my laws and commands as your father David did, I will also give you a long life.’”

“After Solomon woke up from the dream, he went to Jerusalem. He stood before the Ark of the Agreement with the Lord, where he made burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. After that, he gave a feast for all his leaders and officers.”

          (1 Kings 3:1-15)

 

 

One of the most significant and far-reaching acts of Solomon’s reign was to make a successful alliance with Israel’s superpower neighbour, Egypt, by marrying the daughter of the pharaoh - probably Pharaoh Horemheb. The marriage between Solomon and the pharaoh’s daughter was a political alliance enacted to confirm the powerful support of Egypt.

Solomon found it expedient to build a separate palace for his new queen just outside the newly extended walls of Jerusalem to the north of Mount Moriah so that her religious beliefs and practices would not be seen by his own people to ritually ‘pollute’ the city where the Ark of the Covenant, representing the dwelling place of the LORD, had been brought by his father David (see 1 Kings 7:8 & 2 Chronicles 8:11).

Sometime later, Solomon went to offer sacrifices to God on the altar at Gibeon, to the north of Jerusalem. While at Gibeon, the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream and asked him what gift he would like God to bestow on him.

Instead of asking for wealth or a long life, Solomon requested a wise and discerning heart to rule his people in keeping with the LORD’s will. Delighted by this request, God granted Solomon’s wish, and the 'wisdom of Solomon' became well known throughout the ancient world.

The photo (by Jean-Pierre Dalbera) shows Pharaoh Horemheb's tomb (KV57) in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt.

You can read more about the palace that Solomon built for his Egyptian wife @ https://thebiblejourney.org/biblejourney2/31-the-golden-age-of-israel-under-king-solomon/solomons-alliance-with-egypt/


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