2 Chronicles 1 Outline
– Solomon and the people went to Gibeon (2 Chronicles 1:1-5)
– Solomon offered 1000 burnt offerings on the altar at Gibeon (2 Chronicles 1:6)
– God asked Solomon to ask him for whatever he want in a dream at night (2 Chronicles 1:7)
– Solomon asked for wisdom to govern his people (2 Chronicles 1:8-10)
– God was pleased with Solomon request for wisdom to govern his people (2 Chronicles 1:11-12)
– Solomon returned to Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 1:13)
– Solomon imported chariots and horses from Egypt and Kue and exported them (2 Chronicles 1:14-17)
2 Chronicles 1 Summary
God was with King Solomon and his kingdom of Israel was established firmly. One day, King Solomon had a discussion with the commanders, judges, leaders and family heads. Then, they went to the high place at Gibeon because the tabernacle and the bronze altar that Moses made in the wilderness were there. Solomon went to Gibeon to inquire God and he offered a thousand burnt offerings there. The bronze altar was made by Bezalel, son of Uri, the son of Hur. However, the sacred chest was in the tent David had set up in Jerusalem.
At night, God spoke to Solomon in his dream. God told Solomon that he will give him whatever he want. Solomon asked God to give him wisdom so that he can give fair judgment on the cases that the people brought to him. God was pleased that Solomon asked for wisdom and not riches, honor, long life or the death of his enemies. Therefore, God promised to make Solomon wisest, richest and most respected king on earth either in the time before and in the future time. Later, Solomon returned to Jerusalem.
Solomon obtained many chariots and horses for himself. He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horses. He imported the horses from Egypt and Kue. The horses were purchased from Kue at 600 shekels of silver and the chariot for 150 shekels of silver. They exported the chariots and horses to the kings of the Hittites and Arameans. The horses and chariots were kept in the chariot cities and Jerusalem. During the reign of King Solomon, gold and silver were as common as stones. Cedars were as common as the sycamore fig trees in the foothills.
2 Chronicles 1 Bible Study
1. Opening your mouth to ask something for God
In 1 Chronicles 1:7, God asked Solomon to ask for anything and he will give it to him. It is important that you open your mouth to ask God if you want something. God knows all our needs but he wants us to open our mouth and ask. In Luke 11:9, Jesus said ask and it will be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and the door will be opened to you. In James 4:3, you don’t receive what you ask for because you ask with the wrong motive. In 1 John 5:14, if you ask anything according to the will of God, you will get what you want. In 1 John 3:22, if you want receive from God what you pray for, you must obey his commandments and do what pleases him.
2. Seek God’s kingdom first and you will have all you need
Solomon asked for wisdom to govern the people of God instead of riches, honor, long life or the death of his enemies. This pleased God and God gives him the rest that he didn’t need. In Ephesians 3:20, God always give more than we ask or image according to the power that is at work within us. In 2 Corinthians 9:8, God is able to make all grace abound to you so that you will have all you need at all time and abound in every good work.
3. Wisdom comes from God
When Solomon asked for wisdom, God gave it to him and he made him the wisest king on the earth. In Proverbs 2:6, God is the one who gives wisdom. From God’s mouth come knowledge and understanding. In James 1:5, anyone that lacks wisdom should ask God because he give it generously to anyone that ask without finding fault. In James 3:17, the wisdom that comes from heaven is pure, peaceable, gentle, easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. In Ephesians 5:15-17, we should look carefully how we walk and make use of time and know God’s will. In Colossians 3:16, we should let God’s word dwell in us, teaching and admonishing others with God’s words, and singing psalms, spiritual songs and thankfulness in your hearts to God.
4. Obey God’s commandments
Solomon disobeyed God’s commandments by purchasing horses from Egypt and Kue. In Deuteronomy 17:16, God said the kings must not acquire a large number of horses or make he people return to Egypt to get more horses. In 2 John 1:6, if you love God, you will observe all God’s commandments. In James 2:10, breaking a single commandment is equal to breaking all of God’s commandments and it could cause you to be thrown into hell.
5. Don’t be conformed to the world
Solomon disobeyed God by accumulating a large number of horses because he is worldly. At first, Solomon was a pious man who sincerely sought wisdom for God to govern his people. Later, he turned away from God because he love the things of the world. He loves the foreign women and married them (1 Kings 3:1; 1 Kings 11:1-3). As a result, his wives led him astray from God and he was involved in idolatry (1 Kings 11:4-5). In 1 John 2:15-17, we must not love the things of the world. Anyone that loves the world do not have the love of the Father. A person who have attachment to the things of the world will pass away but anyone who do God’s will will live forever. In Romans 12:2, we must not be conformed to the practices of this world but test every preaching according to the word of God in the bible so that you know whether it is God’s will. In John 18:36, God said his kingdom is not of this world. In 1 John 5:19, the whole world is controlled by Satan but those who did not conformed to the world are the children of God. In Matthew 6:24, we can only serve one master, which is either God or money. We cannot claimed to love God but also love money.