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August 3, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Kings 3 (ESV)

Solomon made a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt. He took Pharaoh’s daughter and brought her into the city of David until he had finished building his own house and the house of the Lord and the wall around Jerusalem.The people were sacrificing at the high places, however, because no house had yet been built for the name of the Lord.

Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”.....Continue Reading

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  1. , but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 13I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days

  2. Solomon does the right thing (sacrifice) in the wrong place (Gibeon/a high place and not Jerusalem where the tabernacle was) and God honors his heart. Solomon also shows his heart and his wisdom by asking for wisdom rather than all the other things he could have. It reminds me of the times as kids we would imagine what wishes we would ask for if we found a genie in a bottle. Well God is better than a genie and provides all the other things Solomon would want because of his right choice. It is a reminder to us not to think of ourselves or what we can get to make our lives better but think of how we can best seek God’s kingdom and let Him add all things to us because of that.

    And Solomon shows his wisdom in a very practical way. It is the sign that God has done what He said He would and the people recognize it and honor Solomon because of it.

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