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Solomon Requests Wisdom
Bible Passage 1 Kings 3: 1-15
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books 1 Corinthians, 1 Kings, Chronicles, Exodus, Matthew.

Solomon Requests Wisdom

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached October 4, 2022

1 And Solomon made an alliance by marriage with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter and brought her into the city of David until he finished building his own house and the house of the LORD and the wall around Jerusalem.

2 Only the people sacrificed in high places because there was no house built to the name of the LORD until those days.

3 And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father. Only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.

4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place. Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings upon that altar.

5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night. And God said, “Ask what I shall give you!”

6 And Solomon said, “You have shown to Your servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before You in truth and in righteousness and in uprightness of heart with You. And You have kept this great kindness for him, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is today.

7 And now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king instead of David my father. And I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in!

8 And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a numerous people who cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

9 Now therefore, give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, to discern between good and evil, for who is able to judge this, Your great people?”

10 And the word was good in the eyes of the LORD that Solomon had asked this thing.

11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life and have not asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to judge justly,

12 Behold, I have done according to your words. Lo, I have given you a wise and an understanding heart, so that there was none like you before you and after you none shall arise like you.

13 And I also have given you that which you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there shall not be any among the kings like you all your days.

14 Therefore, if you will walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

15 And Solomon awoke, and, behold, it was a dream. Then he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.


David’s power had come through war and conquest; Solomon’s came through clever commercial and political agreements with neighbouring countries. Solomon gave impressive public display of his loyalty to God, but he ignored God’s warnings when he saw advantages to be gained through foreign alliances.

His marriage to the daughter of Pharaoh guaranteed peace for Israel in a region where Egypt was the chief power, but it probably required Solomon to pay respect to Egypt’s gods (1 Kings 3:1-3; compare 1 Kings 11:1-8; Ex 34:12-16).

Though the marriage meant peace with Egypt, it was against God’s law for Solomon to marry a foreigner. In the end, Solomon would suffer many troubles because of such marriages.

Although David had placed the ark of the covenant in a special tent in Jerusalem, the tabernacle and the remainder of its articles were still at Gibeon (1 Chr. 15:1-3; 16:1,39; 21:29). Soon after being crowned king in Jerusalem, Solomon went to Gibeon for a lavish religious ceremony, as a public exhibition of his devotion to God (4; 2 Chron 1:2-6). While there, he had a dream in which God offered to give him whatever he chose.

Solomon was already a wise man (chapter 2:9), and he was a skilled politician (verse 1). That is, he had both human wisdom and political wisdom. But here, he was asking God for something more. He did not want his decisions to be merely the result of his natural wisdom. He wanted to have spiritual wisdom.

By asking for wisdom to judge between the morally right and the morally wrong, he showed his concern for the just government of God’s people (verse 5-9).
God gave him all that he asked for and more (verse 10-15).

God was pleased that Solomon asked for wisdom rather than wealth. Because of that, God knew that he could trust Solomon with wealth as well. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus said, ‘Seek first God’s kingdom and all other things shall be added”.

🔷 We must ask for a heart that hears and acts on God’s word, and that will help us get all other things.

🔷 When we have God and obey His commandments, He will bless us with everything.

💥 Pray for a heart that hears God

When we love God and follow Him with all our hearts, and yearn to do His will, He will not stop blessing us.


In series Bright Morning Reflections