2 Chronicles 1
-This historical narrative book that details primarily the Kingdom of Judah begins with the establishment of King Solomon over the united Kingdom of Israel, who was exalted by the LORD God of David, his father and great king. Solomon and the leadership assembly of the nation go up to the north to Gibeon, where God’s tent of meeting from the time of Moses was now located. The text describes how there is a split with this tent and the Ark of the Covenant, which, if we will remember, had been taken from Kiriath-jearim by David to the temporary place made for it in Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 13, 15:25-28, 2 Chronicles 1:4). While in Gibeon after offering a thousand burnt offerings on the alter to the LORD, Solomon is contacted by God in the night, and the LORD said to him, “Ask what I shall give you (2 Chronicles 1:7).” Rather than typical and superficial things like riches, wealth, honor, the lives of enemies, or long life, Solomon asked for knowledge and wisdom so that he would rule the people of God well (2 Chronicles 1:8-10). God answered his request and gave him the knowledge and wisdom, plus He gave him the riches, wealth, and honor such as no king before or after in Israel (2 Chronicles 1:11-12). Kind of nice, right?
-So Solomon went back to Jerusalem and reigned over Israel amassing a plethora of chariots and horsemen, gold, silver, and cedars (2 Chronicles 1:13-15). They imported horses from Eygpt and Kue with wise trade and exported to the kings of the Hittites and Aram (Syria), (2 Chronicles 1:16-17).
-*Application* The presence of the LORD is also with us asking us these kinds of question when we think about it. It is the LORD’s desire to bless you as you seek him with all your heart for the right things with the right motives (Deuteronomy 4:29-31, Jeremiah 29:11-13, Matthew 7:7). The great thing about our God is that when we have the right heart for Him, He gives above and beyond what we ask for in untold blessings and abundance. This is not only the canonical tie between 1st and 2nd Chronicles, it should be our desire in the here and now. Seek the knowledge and wisdom of God, which starts with the fear (reverential awe, respect, honor) of Him (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10).
Verse to Memorize: 2 Chronicles 1:10