Leslie M. John

”Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like”. (2 Chronicles 1:12)

After Solomon became king over all Israel he had a great responsibility of entrusting responsibilities to various officials in his kingdom, and, therefore he spoke to the captains of thousands and of hundreds and to the judges and to every governor in all Israel, the chief of the fathers.

At the time when Solomon took reins as king over Israel there were two Tabernacles, one at Gibeon, of the pattern of the Tabernacle that God said to Moses to build in the wilderness when they were journeying from Egypt to Canaan that God may come down and dwell with them and protect them, guard them, provide food and shelter for them. The second tabernacle was in Jerusalem with the original ‘ark of the covenant’ that David brought from Kirjathjearim and set it in a tent. The people still worshipped at Gibeon and the Temple was yet to be built. The plans to build the temple at Jerusalem were ready but the building did not commence yet.

The brazen altar that was made by Bezaleel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, was before the Taberncale of the LORD at Gibeon and, therefore, Solomon and the congregation went to Gibeon to offer burnt offerings. Solomon, by nature was an extravagant man and more so in honoring the LORD in the earlier stages of his life as King. Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it and the result was that God appeared to him in a dream in the night and said to him as to what should He give to Solomon.

What a great offer by God to Solomon who offered thousand burnt offerings upon the altar to honor God! When God pleases to bestow blessings upon a man who can stop Him doing so? The God of Heavens is the owner of this universe and everything belongs to Him. Many a time man thinks he could please God by making a conditional promise to offer his wealth in return to the blessings from God, as if God accepts bribe from man. How foolish it is!

Psalmist says:

For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (Psalms 51:16-17)

For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: (Psalms 50:10-14)

It is the heart of a man and the intentions of man that sees. He searches the thoughts of man and blesses him accordingly. Lord Jesus considered the poor woman’s offering of two mites in the treasury box greater than the pittance of offering from the huge wealth of wealthiest people who offered in the treasury box. (Mark 12:42-43)

Solomon offered to God thousand burnt offerings as thanksgiving out of his love for the LORD and God blessed him. When God asked Solomon as to what He should give to him, he did not choose riches, or wealth, or honor, nor the life of his enemies or long life, but humbled himself and recognized how God was with his father David, and he asked from the LORD wisdom and knowledge that he may go out and come in before the people of Israel because they were God’s people and their number was so great. God was pleased with Solomon and gave him wisdom and knowledge to rule the people of Israel and in addition, God also gave him riches, wealth and honor.
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