1 Kings 3:1
1 Now Solomon made a treaty with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and married Pharaoh’s daughter; then he brought her to the City of David until he had finished building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall all around Jerusalem.
In many respects, this was the beginning of the end for Solomon. The Lord had made it very clear that the Israelites were not to marry foreign women. Right off the bat, Solomon violates God’s law. God in His mercy bears with Solomon, but we will see that ultimately foreign women and horses will be his downfall. The least little compromise will eventually lead to disaster unless it is repented of.
1 Kings 3:7
Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.
This was one of Solomon’s finer moments, admitting that he didn’t have the wisdom needed to be king. As a result of this humble admission, God will make him the wisest man to have ever lived.
1 Kings 3:13
And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days.
If we would but understand that God wants to give us so much, above and beyond what we even ask for. All we have to do is humbly submit to His sovereign authority and then be willing to trust and serve Him with all of our hearts.
1 Kings 3:28
And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had rendered; and they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.
I believe that if we would but ask for wisdom, God would freely give it. Solomon would write in Proverbs 2:6, “For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;” I ask for wisdom all the time and find that the Lord freely gives it. The greatest source of such wisdom is the Bible. Every time we open our Bibles, we are opening the very mouth of God.
1 Kings 4:29-30
And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. 30 Thus Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt.
God had poured out His blessings upon Solomon so much so, that the stage was all set for him to be perhaps the greatest king ever. Unfortunately, in time, Solomon would take his eyes off of the Lord and his reign would end in great shame.
1 Kings 5:5
And behold, I propose to build a house for the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord spoke to my father David, saying, “Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he shall build the house for My name.”
This was the first of several temples that would be built. One of those temples has yet to be built. It will be built during the Great Tribulation period. Revelation 21:22 tells us that in the new world, there will be no temple because Jesus will be our temple, He will be our only place of worship, “But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.”
1 Kings 5:18
So Solomon’s builders, Hiram’s builders, and the Gebalites quarried them; and they prepared timber and stones to build the temple.
I cannot begin to comprehend what it would have been like to watch this construction take place. When we visit Jerusqlem, we see some parts of the originql wall of Jerusalem. The enormity of the white stones they used are indescribable. I would have loved to have witnessed the building of this temple.
And Jesus said to them, “ Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”
It is impossible to trip Jesus up in His thinking, and yet the religious leaders foolishly attempted to do so. Sometimes we come to the Lord with all kinds of justification for why we want to do things a certain way. Our time would be so much better spent simply submitting to what we already know His will to be. Husk world tells us how He views all things.
Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”
I love this picture of coming broken before God and receiving the gift of salvation. When we fall at the feet of Jesus, with broken hearts over sin, our sins are instantly forgiven and we are restored to an intimate relationship with God. However, if people refuse to be broken over their sin, the outcome is not so bright.
27 Then some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to Him and asked Him,
Years ago I heard of a clever way to remember what the Sadducees believe about the resurrection. It went something like this, “The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection, therefore they were ‘sad-you-see’. A little corny, but I have never forgotten it.