Bible In One Year-Day 164 (Friday, June 13, 2014)
Commentary: 2Chronicles1-3. To enjoy and understand this book, you must first read 1Chronicles29. Second Chronicles centers on Judah and the discussion focuses more on the kings that had their reigns after the order of David, i.e. zealous for God. Ironically, the book ignored the kingdom of Israel probably because of their false worship of strange gods. The first king to be discussed in this book was King Solomon;
2 Chronicles 1:1 “And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly.”
The success of Solomon was as a result of the manner he sought the Lord. David excelled in praising the Lord exclusively, Solomon excelled in giving unreserved material offering to God. His offering opened heaven and a blank check was given to him to insert whatever he wanted. He cashed the check in wisdom; an unusual currency whose value cannot be matched with anything on earth.
Proverbs 3:13-18 “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.”
We need to understand that David had earlier on prayed wisdom into Solomon’s life, 1Chron22:12.
1 Chronicles 22:12 “Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God.”
The role of a godly parent in the lives of the children is enormous. David’s life affected Solomon’s in an immeasurable way.
Let us look into God’s response to Solomon’s request;
2 Chronicles 1:11 “And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:”
To ask for riches, wealth, honor, life of the enemy and long life is unwise (or foolishness) if we have to go by what is written in the passage. But for Solomon to ask for wisdom is to ask for His Spirit. What happens when the Spirit of God rests upon someone?
Isaiah 11:2 “And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom (prophetic ministry) and understanding (insight or grace to harmonize one part with another to reveal the truth), the spirit of counsel (i.e. spirit-filled speeches, John6:63) and might (i.e. power, Acts1:8), the spirit of knowledge (information, John16:13) and of the fear of the LORD (i.e. empty of ‘self’);” (parenthesis are mine). One cannot fear God without the Spirit of God and there is no genuine information or insight without the Spirit of God;
1 Corinthians 2:10 “But God hath revealed them to us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yes, the deep things of God.”
For Solomon to ask for wisdom is to ask for the Helper and the Comforter, i.e. the Holy Spirit. For us to ask for wisdom is to ask for Christ Jesus; Jesus Christ is in us as His Spirit;
1 Corinthians 1:24 “But to them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”
To judge God’s people is to ask for grace to do what God had called you for. Unfortunately, ministers of God measure prosperity by material possessions and how big the cathedral is. The building of God’s kingdom is the ruining of the kingdom of darkness. The greatest wealth anyone could ever have is the fullness of the Holy Spirit. When you have Him in full, many will come to you for the living water that quenches unsatisfied thirst. Solomon did not want to offend God by metering injustice to God’s people and this was why he asked for divine help.
The issue of responsibility in God’s vineyard is that if you are faithful in the little committed into your hand, God will increase it and this warrants increasing His grace upon your life.
Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
That kingdom of God is the Holy Spirit;
Matthew 12:28 “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God,then the kingdom of God is come to you.”
Solomon, by requesting for those two things, was his way of seeking for the kingdom of God and its righteousness and the things he did not ask for were the additions or rewards. God will only fill the vessel of His grace.
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is 2Chronicles4-6. Keep the fire burning and alive.
1 Corinthians 2:7 “But we speak the wisdom of Godin a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world to our glory:”