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But it is good for me to draw near to God… Psalm 73:28a

The Root of Solomon’s Wisdom

author Posted by: Mike on date Jun 29th, 2014 | filed Filed under: Bible Study, God, Parenting, Uncategorized

Have you ever wondered why Solomon answered God as he did when God asked him the following?

In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
(1 Kings 3:5)

I think that I now know the root of it.  It is how David, Solomon’s father, taught him. We can see this in some of the last words David had for Solomon.

Now, my son, the LORD be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house of the LORD thy God, as he hath said of thee. Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God. Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.

(1 Chronicles 22:11-13)

 It was not long after this that David made Solomon king.

So when David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.
(1 Chronicles 23:1)

Solomon’s upbringing and David’s final words produced the fruit of Solomon’s answer to God’s command, “Ask what I shall give thee.”

Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
(1 Kings 3:9)

Remember what David said? “Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God.”

Solomon answer to God came because he was taught of his father. The wisdom that God had given David is passed on to his son.

And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
(1 Kings 3:10)

God bless, Mike

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