Solomon is now on the throne and his brother Adonijah has a request. We read about Adonijah on May 5th when he tried to take the throne for himself and David quickly gave it to Solomon. Adonijah then feared Solomon but Solomon said nothing would happen to him if he proved to be a worthy man. Well, today Adonijah proves not to be a worthy man as he asks to marry Abishag, the lovely woman who cared for King David in his old age. This was another shot at the kingdom bc back then men would make claims to the throne by sleeping with the king’s concubines like Absalom did in 2 Samuel 16. Solomon sees right through to Adonijah’s true motives and has him killed.
Then Solomon punishes Abiathar because of his support of Adonijah by removing Abiathar as priest. Solomon also has Joab and Shimei killed per David’s final instructions in 1 Kings 2. Solomon places Benaiah over the army in place of Joab and Zadok as the priest in place of Abiathar.
After Solomon cleans house, he makes a treaty with the king of Egypt and marries his daughter. “And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statues of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places.” Several things are wrong here:
1) making a treaty with Egypt (Deut 17:16)
2) marrying foreign women who worship false gods (Deut 7:3-4)
3) worshipping at high places where nations around them worship false gods (Deut 12, Num 33:52, Lev 26:30).
Solomon seems to be slipping from some of the Lord’s commandments. Commingling with foreign nations will have consequences but his first huge corporate worship was pleasing to the Lord. Although it was on a high place at Gideon, it is where the tabernacle of the Lord was located. King David also worshiped the Lord in this same location. (1 Chronicles 16:39) After the temple is built and Solomon moves the tabernacle and the ark of the covenant to the temple, the worship at Gideon will not be acceptable. The temple will become the one place that the Lord chooses for His people to worship Him. But today there is a huge celebration of the Lord at Gideon with 1,000 burnt offerings made.
The Lord then appears to Solomon in a dream and asks him, “What shall I give you?” Solomon knew the job of king was too much for him to handle on his own so he asks for wisdom from the Lord. This request pleases the Lord so much that He not only gives Solomon wisdom but also riches and honor. Tomorrow Solomon puts his wisdom into action so keep reading. 🤓
(Psalm 83, 1 Chronicles 29:23-25, 2 Chronicles 1:1, 1 Kings 2:13-3:4, 2 Chronilces 1:2-6, 1 Kings 3:5-15, 2 Chronicles 1:7-13)