1 Kings Chapter 3 Discussion

  • BSP on 1 Kings 3
    Verse 9-We see the humble and modest prayer that Solomon offered and how this was very pleasing to God. We must approach God in a humble and modest way as well when we are praying.
  • Bro dan - in Reply on 1 Kings 3:13
    Barbara, Wisdom is the fear of God, without that, nothing else means anything. Learn to fear God, and you will prosper in knowledge.

    God Bless
  • RichFairhurst - in Reply on 1 Kings 3:13
    1 Kings 10:27 was the verse for Solomon multiplying silver, not 1 Kings 4:27.
  • Richard H Priday - in Reply on 1 Kings 3:13
    This statement is true. Nonetheless; we must remember his fall; which as is commonplace among Israel's rulers due to a PREDICTED series of events conditional with his behavior. First of all; there was a general warning in scripture about multiplying gold and silver and horses (although at present I'm not sure where it is; maybe Psalms or Proverbs). There was a specific warning of not being drawn away to foreign gods; which the 300 wives and even MORE "concubines" that his soul loved certainly moved him to do with their various pagan traditions. Ecclesiastes wrote about his vain search for knowledge; wealth; and other pleasures of life; after his folly cost him dearly so at least there is some indication that he had learned some lessons. Pride comes before a fall. Not only was his personal life compromised; but it ruined what could have been a perpetual role for Israel as a nation with its leaders. The Lord foresaw all this; of course and despite all this the lineage leading to Christ would finally result in the "Son of David" to manifest. The Babylonians were to soon take all the wealth from the Temple and the people led to exile eventually after this.

    We also need to soberly consider Lucifer's fall; with his great privileges and standing being ruined due to pride. The rich can be ensnared by the cares of this life; and there are further warnings of drowning in perdition. David himself was most harshly judged by God when he took the census of the fighting men; which was an affront to trusting God rather than horses and chariots and armies of men as God Himself had warned about. The Lord giveth; and He taketh away. A man's life consists not of His possessions. We are asked to pursue heavenly treasures; not those on earth where rust and moth corrupt. It isn't money itself; but the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil. Naked we came into the world; and naked we shall depart.

    With greatness; comes great responsibility. Food for thought
  • RichFairhurst - in Reply on 1 Kings 3:13
    It is also interesting to me that apart from being chosen by God and being an Israelite, in nearly all other respects Solomon didn't gain the wisdom to apply to himself Deuteronomy 17:14-20. He instead gave himself over to his earthly appetites in multiplying horses ( 1 Kings 4:26), wives ( 1 Kings 11:3), and gold ( 1 Kings 10:14) and silver ( 1 Kings 4:27)

    23. So king Solomon exceeded all the kings OF THE EARTH, for riches and for wisedome. 24. And ALL THE EARTH sought to Solomon, to heare his wisedom which God had put in his heart. ( 1 Kings 4:23-24).

    Christ has fulfilled Deuteronomy 17:14-20. He is God's true choice for king to reign over all his brethren, and rather than turning His heart or the people's heart away from God or exalting Himself above His brother's as Solomon and even more foolishly Solomon's son Rehoboam did ( 1 Kings 12:4-17), He fulfilled God's will and humbled Himself in the upper room and in His death on the cross.
  • RichFairhurst - in Reply on 1 Kings 3:13
    Solomon got the earthly visible form of wisdom and all of the other things to reign over a visible people and nation of this age and in that no one will beat him.

    However, the book of Ecclesiates shows that Isaiah 40:8-9 still holds true over all that Solomon was given in this visible life.

    Jesus Christ has the heavenly invisible form of power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing ( Revelation 5:12) hidden in the Old Testament scriptures that Solomon was only an earthly shadow of. Christ is the substance. Christ Himself is the Word of God that is eternal and that gives the abiding eternal life that Isaiah spoke of, but that Word is hidden from all those who only seek what is under the sun. Set your mind on Him and by faith abide in Him to bear fruit rather than setting your mind on the things Solomon got that all passed away when his life ended on earth. Being super rich in the things that pass away is nothing compared to the poorest person that has the smallest treasure in heaven that is eternal. The only thing left of Solomon that has lasted is his contribution to the scriptures that reveal and point us to Christ, and that is the only thing that will last in any generations we leave behind at the end of our earthly lives and in eternal life.

    Christ is King of kings who's reign for now is only revealed and proclaimed through a foolish nation and people as far as the men of this world and its wisdom are concerned, but we are born of the wisdom of God revealed only to those who are in Christ. Focus your prayers on how to live wisely among the people of God's Kingdom that stand on a sea of glass more than any earthly nation like the one Solomon reigned over or that you see tossed about by the waves of the sea today. What we see is passing away.
  • Barbara Pittman on 1 Kings 3:13
    Solomon prayed the right prayer according from a sincere heart. He did not pray according to his need or want he thought he wanted but what he knew was for the people. God saw he was not selfish and wanted to understand and judge the people right so God gave him much more than he ask for and there is not one king before nor will there be one after him who was as wise. Plus God made him super rich. He was the richest king more than his Father King David. I desire more wisdom and understanding from God it is a great thing.
  • Johnny on 1 Kings 3
    Dude that is some next level stuff their. I can see why the people feared him after that judgement.
  • Eric Lopez on 1 Kings 3
    A true mother would sacrifice the stolen child than to be hurt. Good timing of God's gift to Solomon to be able to discern this situation. Not coincidence. The wrong mother was fine with child being split in half.
  • Lucy on 1 Kings 3
    To continue: That is why we have so many partners, and to think that we have the strength to keep God's commandments is another story entirely, we need to pray to God for wisdom and understanding, in all things, even if we think we know. Whether home or abroad.
  • Lucy on 1 Kings 3
    After reading this chapter, and the previous chapter, the thought has come to me, that we are born of this world, and placed whether male or female thinking that after a certain age we know what to do, and how to do it, especially if we have gone to school, but in actuality we know nothing, and we are too blind to ask God, on whether it is how to be a good wife, or husband.
  • Olaide on 1 Kings 3
    Hmmm "neither mine nor thine". That is where the problem is. It is the vocabulary of Satan. The motivation behind everything he does. I missed it so you too must miss it. God save us.
  • BSP on 1 Kings 3
    Verse 9~Solomon asked for an obedient and understanding heart so that he would make wise decisions and be pleasing to Jehovah God. We can pray for the same.
  • Peter A. Okebukola on 1 Kings 3
    What a landmark judgement, fit only to be inspired divinely. Solomon could not have asked for a better gift from God.
  • A disciple on 1 Kings 3
    "Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? one who is able to judge between his brethren?" and, "why even of yourselves, judge ye not what is right?" It is a bad teaching that says we as Christians are not to judge. "Know ye not that we shall judge angels? . . . Know ye not that the Saints shall judge the world?" How else are we to keep the Lord's house clean and safe from wicked spirits?
  • A disciple on 1 Kings 3
    Irene (cont.) and when Solomon had that dream when God appeared to him, and told him to ask whatever he wanted; what was in his heart was to be like his father David in his ability to care for Israel. If he had secret pride, as you say, how did God not see it afar off, and confront him with that evil in his heart? you are mistaken about that! God saw what was in his heart, and was pleased to give.
  • A disciple on 1 Kings 3
    Hi Irene; the way I read about David, the Lord's testimony of him was for ever after, that David walked with God with a perfect heart all his days, (except in the matter of Bathsheba), and that he was a man after God's own heart. He very much did often ask (read the Psalms!) for wisdom and guidance. Solomon was as a child in his own eyes, when he was called by God to step into David's shoes . . .
  • Irene123 on 1 Kings 3
    David wasn't perfect. But, he never asked for the wisdom for himself to judge GOD'S people; GOD'S people, not his. Solomon had a hidden sin in his walk - that only knew of: pride. He should have learned from David that God is FAR wiser in judging His people than man is. Solomon asked for something that was the province of only God. God had His reasons for granting his prayer for wisdom.
  • Iola johnon on 1 Kings 3
    That was wisely judge God really gives Solomon what he asked for
  • Helper on 1 Kings 3
    If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded"
  • Tsea Terseer on 1 Kings 3
    Our leader may find deficult to get the wisdom like king solomon because they dont have faith in God.
  • Jonathan on 1 Kings 3
    It is inspiring that Solomon did not ask the riches of these world but wisdom because already he got the kingdom to rule his people with wisdom from nothing can overcome wisdom that comesfrom God they can be scientics,doctors,physcologist but wisdom from God is powerful its supernatural,divine,anointed its unique can't be compared with wisdom of these world its boastful,arrogant
  • Saliena on 1 Kings 3
    Unspeakable,.her unwavering love rather for him to live without her in some one's else life than for him to be put to death....what a priceless sacrifice. .we truely serve a just God....
  • M on 1 Kings 3
    I know that GOD will not give anyone wisdom like HE gave to Salomon ,but I sure would like to have some of the wisdom, and knowledge and to be able to to discern the good and the bad.
  • Pat on 1 Kings 3
    Awesome! What great discernment. Wise in every aspect of the situation. We serve a mighty God and Easter coming up, what a beautiful act of kindness and benefits that Jesus brought to mankind. Salvation for everyone if we accept our Lord and Savior. pg
  • Shereeka Johnson on 1 Kings 3
    I have to say that when I read what Solomon asked for in the dream, my heart was cheerful and my eyes was tearful. What a great man was he, he could have asked of anything from riches to fame but he asked of wisdom to be able to judge as his father. Nowadays we ask for so many things that materialistic but what he should do is ask God to give us the understanding to be all that he has laid out for us! Amen
  • John N. on 1 Kings 3:9
    From here we see the Heart is neither the spirit nor the soul but the combination of the mind of the soul For understanding is of the mind and the conscience of the spirit discerning between good and evil . Watchman Nee 's writings also affirms this.
  • Emeka on 1 Kings 3
    it is simply outstanding that a request void of self would generate such great promse of God.it is just amazing that God still prepares for man great riches if we obey, sacrifice right and pray righty that by the word of God
  • M on 1 Kings 3
    I would love for GOD to give just some of the wisdom that HE gave to Solomon and I would love to be able to discern the good and the evil that is around us.
  • Dwight on 1 Kings 3:25
    just as the Bible teaches that wisdom without Christ is empty, this passage teaches that wisdom without God given love is empty. how would Solomon have been viewed if love had not removed the verdict? Praise our loving God.

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