These passages cover the time from the last days of King David through the beginning of the reign of King Solomon and the building of the temple. Two passages of scripture really stood out to me today. The first is when David is giving over charge of the kingdom to his son Solomon. Here are the words of wisdom he shared with his son in 1 Kings 2:2-3:
2 “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, show yourself a man, 3 and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go…”
The second passage that stood out to me takes place after David’s death as Solomon was beginning his reign. The Lord went to Solomon in a dream and told him he could have anything he asked. Solomon didn’t ask for fame, or riches, or even a new iPad. He asked for wisdom. Solomon said, “…give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and distinguish between right and wrong.” (1 Kings 3:9) Obviously Solomon was already a pretty wise man to make that sort of request to the Lord. His request pleased the Lord so much that the Lord gave him wisdom, riches, and honor. Solomon became one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known.