Second Chronicles 1 Commentary
Solomon begins his rule on a very good note. The LORD has made him exceedingly great.
This chapter is highlighted by Solomon’s request for wisdom. Finally, here is one man who understands his real need. The LORD is very impressed. Solomon has sought the kingdom first. And the LORD has added these other things.
Well-known chapters like this one can be very misleading because of captions. There is a lot more. Actually, Solomon began by asking the LORD to confirm the LORD’s promise to David. The LORD’s promise to David was about the LORD building David a house.
We had noted from First Chronicles that the LORD’s promise to David was very strange. David had just finished building his own grand palace. He had wished to build a similarly great house for the Creator God. But the LORD responded by telling David that He, the LORD, wasn’t in need of accommodation. It was actually David who needed accommodation. The LORD, therefore, promised to build David a house.
This is the promise that King Solomon wants the LORD to confirm.
In keeping with the Abrahamic blessing, the LORD has made Israel numerous. Solomon’s second request is an all-important admission that the kingship isn’t for man. No man can do it. Let the LORD Himself do it. Provide the wisdom for it; provide the energy for it.
Solomon’s request for wisdom didn’t prove that he was wise. But it did prove that he wasn’t a fool. Only a fool thinks they can do what they cannot actually do. Only a fool thinks of themselves as being capable when in actual sense they are not. Solomon has proved that he has the fear of the LORD within. That is where wisdom begins.
Solomon is trying to unsay what mankind had always said: we can rule ourselves. You easily understand why the LORD loved Solomon.
The LORD’s response highlights a couple other important concepts. The right attitude should be within a man’s heart. It shouldn’t only be on a man’s lips. The LORD reads a man’s heart and not a man’s lips for intentions. Wisdom and knowledge have been mentioned. Both are required. Don’t leave knowledge behind.
The saint should know they can always ask the LORD for these things: wisdom and knowledge. But let this desire spring from the heart, otherwise, the LORD may never read what is written on the lips only.
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