Solomon meets god, asks for wisdom, and displays it.
We are entering the most successful period of Israel’s history.
Moses was unable to enter the promised land. David was unable to build the temple.
Solomon will usher in the most full realisation of all the law and descriptions in Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus and Deuteronomy of life in the promised land. But already the worship of other Gods is prevalent, even young king solomon doesn’t know better.
God speaks to him, and he asks for wisdom. God is pleased and promises him earthly triumph as well.
The famous example of him judging a dispute between 2 women for 1 live baby gives credence to his great wisdom. I hadn’t got the idea that they were prostitutes before – when we did it at sunday school. Which puts a strange twist on the story.
Reading back through my blog entries, I realise I often ask God for wisdom. I have a vague memory that God eventually tells Solomon he asked for the wrong thing, but there is no hint of that here, maybe I remembered wrong.
In any event, off to a strong start…