2 Chronicles 1: Solomon receives wisdom
Notes: Two Chronicles picks up the stories of the kings
of Judah following the death of David, recorded at the end of
the last chapter of 1 Chronicles. This first chapter tells of
how Solomon became known as the wisest man on the earth – by the
gift of God.
the ark had been taken up to Jerusalem, the Tabernacle or main
meeting place between God and His people still remained at Gibeon,
a town roughly five miles northwest of Jerusalem. It was to there
that Solomon went with his people to meet with God at the beginning
of his reign and there he receives a vision or dream from the
Lord and is granted wisdom to rule his people, together with a
promise from the Lord that He will make him rich. The second half
of the chapter is a brief summary-record of how his wealth started.]
ONE: v.1-12: Solomon receives wisdom from God
Solomon meets with his people at Gibeon
of David established himself firmly over his kingdom, for the
his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.
Solomon spoke to all Israel – to the commanders of thousands
and commanders of hundreds, to the judges and to all the leaders
in Israel, the heads of families –
Solomon and the whole assembly went to the high place at Gibeon,
for God's tent of meeting was there, which Moses the Lord
had made in the wilderness.
The ark was in Jerusalem but the Tabernacle [tent] was still at
David had brought up the ark of God from Kiriath
Jearim to the place he had prepared for it, because he had pitched
a tent for it in Jerusalem.
the bronze altar that Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, had
made was in Gibeon in front of the tabernacle
of the Lord;
so Solomon and the assembly enquired of him there.
went up to the bronze altar before the Lord
in the tent
of meeting and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.
At Gibeon the Lord appears to Solomon asking what he would want
night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, ‘Ask for whatever
you want me to give you.'
Solomon asks for wisdom to rule the nation
answered God, ‘You have shown great kindness to David my father
and have made me king in his place.
God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you
have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust
of the earth.
me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for
who is able to govern this great people of yours?'
God rewards him with wisdom AND riches [that will no doubt flow
from the wisdom]
said to Solomon, ‘Since this is your heart's desire and you have
not asked for wealth, possessions or honour, nor for the death
of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life
but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have
made you king,
wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And
I will also give you wealth, possessions and honour,
such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you
TWO: v.13-17: Solomon's Wealth
Solomon returns to Jerusalem where he rules
Solomon went to Jerusalem from the high place at Gibeon, from
before the tent of meeting. And he reigned over Israel.
He built up a great force of chariots & horses
accumulated chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots
and twelve thousand horses, which he kept in the chariot cities
and also with him in Jerusalem.
Silver & gold became in very common use
king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones, and
cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills.
He traded for horses from Egypt
horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue – the royal
merchants purchased them from Kue at the current price.
He traded in chariots & horses
imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver,
and a horse for a hundred and fifty. They also exported them to
all the kings of the Hittites and of the Arameans.