READING THE BOOK OF Second Chronicles CHAPTER one.
Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (2 Chronicles 1:10 NIV).
To request from God the essentials of life.
HISTORICAL COMMENTARY – At the beginning of his reign, Solomon went with his counselors of state to Gibeon, where the tabernacle had been built in the desert, and it was still there. Together with the chosen counselors, “the captains of thousands and hundreds,” “judges, and … all the rulers of all Israel, heads of the fathers “(2 Chronicles 1:2 (VM)), Solomon participated in the offering of sacrifices to worship God and to devote themselves fully to their service. Understanding the magnitude of the duties entrusted to him, Solomon knew that in order to accomplish h his responsibilities he must turn to the source of all wisdom for guidance, if they were to fulfill these responsibilities in an acceptable manner. This led him to encourage his counselors to be sure of being accepted by God (PR 19).
WISDOM. – God appeared to Solomon in a dream and gave him the opportunity to ask for whatever he wanted. The first thing the king asked for was wisdom. Solomon acknowledged that he lacked the capacity or experience to govern, therefore, he wanted to be given practice in that activity, he wanted to be right and just, to have prudence and discretion in dealing with cases of the kingdom. God answered this request, because the Word of God says that Solomon was the wisest man of his time (1 Kings 4:29-31). Remember, “The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 9:10).
- KNOWLEDGE. – This knowledge refers to “academic knowledge” in relation to all the divine laws and principles. Solomon asks for knowledge to “know” and do justice with awareness, he knew that some day God will judge every action. It should be mentioned, that every order from Solomon was intended to serve the wellbeing of his people.
Almighty God who give us live and love.We pray that as you did with Solomon, you may also do with us today. We ask you give us wisdom to lead our families, work or we assigned responsibilities. also grant us knowledge to distinguishing between good and hand. In the name of jesus, amen.
By Dr. Franz Rios, Translated and adapted by Pablo J. Rios.