King Saul made selfish, disobedient decisions, and Samuel told Saul that God had rejected him as king. Once Saul died, then David was king of Judah for 7.5 years, then he became king of Israel for 33.5 years. During his reign, Jerusalem became the capital and Israel became a GREAT NATION. The tabernacle was brought to Jerusalem, as well as, the ark of the covenant. God was with David, who had a whole heart for God. David became great and was given victory after victory. David was a man after God’s own heart. Even in the midst of horrible sin, David accepted his shortcomings and the consequences he knew he deserved.
Main Events of 1 Kings 1-10:
Israel became a GREAT NATION under the kingship of David. But David was getting old and needed a successor. David chose his son Solomon, the son of Bathsheba, to be his heir to the kingdom. Solomon was a young man when David died and he took over the kingdom. One night God appeared to Solomon in a dream. God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” Solomon recognized that he was young, inexperienced, and did not know how to be a good king. Solomon asked for: an understanding heart, discernment, and wisdom. The Lord was pleased and gave Solomon wisdom, but He also gave him what he didn’t ask for: long life, riches, and success in battle. No one before or after has been as wise as Solomon was. The Bible says that Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. In fact, those who lived all across the earth sought out Solomon’s wisdom.
Why do we need wisdom? [Allow for answers. Show glasses.] These glasses help me to see. My eyes are nearsighted, which means anything really far away looks fuzzy. Some people are far sighted, which means seeing things up close is difficult. People who have eyes without perfect vision usually wear glasses or contacts. When I put on my glasses [put them on] I can see much clearer. This is what wisdom does for us. We can be saved, but unless we ask for wisdom, learning from the Bible, or dealing with life issues can be fuzzy. But the wisdom and discernment of the Holy Spirit allows us to see and learn scripture, and to live a godly life in a crystal clear way. A way that pleases the Lord and brings Him glory. [READ Proverbs 1:1-6 aloud.] These words were written by Solomon, as were the Bible books of Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. We have the wisdom of Solomon at our finger tips!!
Solomon took the building materials that his father David collected and built a GRAND temple. It was MAJESTIC!! and covered in gold. The priests moved the tabernacle furniture into the temple, and then they carried in the Ark of the Covenant. READ 1 Kings 8:10-11. WOW! The glory of God dwelt with the people once more!
Israel truly was a GREAT NATION! God is faithful and His promises are true. But in 1 Kings 9:1-7 God appeared to Solomon once more. (READ scripture) God gave Solomon an If…Then statement. IF you do such and such, THEN this will happen. IF Solomon walked with God faithfully and was obedient, THEN God would establish his throne forever. BUT IF Solomon and his descendants turn from the Lord and worship idols THEN God will cut off Israel from the land and reject the temple and Israel will be a name of ridicule.
WOW. That’s the Promise that was made to Abraham! What does Solomon decide to do?
Life Application of 1 Kings 1-10:
Does having wisdom equal being without sin? No. Even though Solomon was the wisest man in the world, he still sinned. And his reaction to the sin is what matters to God. David repented and changed his ways. Will Solomon react as his father did?
Putting on the glasses of wisdom will help us to walk in the ways of God. Wisdom is to be valued and sought after. All throughout the Proverbs, wisdom is personified as a woman who desires to give counsel and guidance. I challenge you to read a section of Proverbs each day. Be amazed at the wisdom that God will give you.