Pray: God of abundant blessing, you granted wisdom, wealth, and long life to your servant, Solomon. Grant us wisdom, so that we may know your ways and follow in your footsteps, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Study: Study the reading and consider the background.
Solomon was the first son born to David and Bathsheba after they lost their first son because of David’s sin. David had many other sons with other women, and many of them wanted to become ruler after David. But the prophet Nathan, and Solomon’s mother, Bathsheba, plotted to ensure Solomon would be king. Bathsheba appealed to David in his final days to appoint Solomon king, and David agreed. Solomon succeeded David as king.
As king, Solomon became the primary instrument of carrying out God’s plan for Israel. God asked what God could give to Solomon. Instead of asking for gifts that would serve Solomon alone, Solomon asked for wisdom so that he could rule God’s people wisely, and with justice. Solomon’s request pleased God so much, God gave Solomon wisdom as well as riches and long life. As long as Solomon followed God’s ways, he would continue to receive God’s blessings.
Read: Follow the story of Solomon. See how God uses even imperfect humans to carry out God’s work in the world.
Sunday, 1 Kings 3:4-9, (10-15), 16-28, Solomon’s Wisdom
Monday, 1 Kings 6:1-22, Solomon Builds the Temple
Tuesday, 1 Kings 8:1-13, Dedication of the Temple
Wednesday, 1 Kings 8:54-61, Solomon Blesses the Assembly
Thursday, 1 Kings 10:1-13, Visit of the Queen of Sheba
Friday, 1 Kings 10:14-29, Visit of the Queen of Sheba
Saturday, 1 Kings 11:1-13, Solomon’s Errors
How did God bless others through Solomon? Where did Solomon succeed? Where did he fail? How did his successes and failures shape the kingdom?
Bless: Wise and wonderful Lord, speak wisdom to our hearts in the reading of your word. Amen.