Gospel Baptist Tabernacle
781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741
Where the Love of God
abounds, everyone is
Children’s Church taught
by Paul and Marsha Davis
May 18, 2014
1 Kings 3 1 And Solomon made affinity (an alliance)
with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's
daughter, and brought her into the city of David,
until he had made an end of building his own
house, and the house of the LORD, and the wall of
Jerusalem round about.
This is simply stated and not commented upon
as good or ill, but I have to wonder:
Should Solomon have begun his reign with an alliance
with Egypt, or should he have depended on God?
And, should he have married an Egyptian?
He that loved the Lord, should, for His sake, have
fixed his love upon one of the Lord's people.
Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary.
We can choose who we will love (eros).
2 Corinthians 6 14 Be ye not unequally yoked
together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath
righteousness with unrighteousness? and what
communion hath light with darkness?
For a Christian to marry an unbeliever is
usually to ask for trouble.
2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because
there was no house built unto the Name of the
LORD, until those days. 3 And Solomon loved the
LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father:
only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.
We know that sacrificing in high places was
displeasing to God, because it was like the Canaanites.
It was too akin to idol worship.
We must worship the right God
in the right way.
4 And the king went to
Gibeon to sacrifice
there; for that was the
great high place: a
offerings did Solomon
offer upon that altar.
Our worship should be
according to Scripture.
Solomon loved God and God loved him.
But he made some mistakes.
5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a
dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall
give thee. 6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed
unto thy servant David my father great mercy,
according as he walked before Thee in Truth, and
in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with
Thee; and Thou hast kept for him this great
kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on
his throne, as it is this day.
“Lord, You have already done so much.”
7 And now, O LORD my
God, thou hast made thy
servant king instead of David
my father: and I am but a
little child: I know not how
to go out or come in. 8 And
thy servant is in the midst of
thy people which thou hast
chosen, a great people, that
cannot be numbered nor
counted for multitude.
9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart
to judge thy people, that I may discern between
good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so
great a people?
First, Solomon recognized that God had blessed his
daddy – and why
“he walked before Thee in Truth, and in right-
eousness, and in uprightness of heart with Thee;”
This acknowledgement revealed a grateful heart.
And good understanding.
Secondly, he recognized his own weakness:
He was young and inexperienced.
According to the BKC Solomon was about 20
years old when he became King of Israel.
He had a big job ahead of him that he
didn’t feel qualified for.
To judge God’s people
And to discern between
good and bad.
10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon
had asked this thing. 11 And God said unto him,
Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not
asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches
for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies;
but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern
Solomon asked, not only for wisdom, but with
discernment and understanding.
12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I
have given thee a wise and an understanding heart;
so that there was none like thee before thee, neither
after thee shall any arise like unto thee. 13 And I
have also given thee that which thou hast not
asked, both riches, and honor: so that there shall
not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy
Solomon asked for nothing to enrich himself
or to increase his power and prestige.
He just wanted to be a good king.
That humble desire pleased The Lord.
James 4 1 From whence come wars and fightings
among you? come they not hence, even of your
lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have
not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain:
ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask
not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask
amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
We see here why so many prayers go unanswered.
They are too self-centered.
We sometimes pray for those things that
will satisfy our lusts.
Perhaps we pray for God to provide our needs.
But, in our heart we are desiring
luxuries, not necessities.
God sees and knows
It pleased God that Solomon
did not ask for long life;
that he did not ask for wealth;
that he did not ask for victory over enemies.
He only asked for understanding to do well
the job to which God had appointed him.
That must be our heart’s desire:
To do well what God has called us to do.
God may have appointed you to be a godly
husband and daddy.
Be a godly husband and daddy with all your heart.
God may have called you to be a behind the scenes
help in a church.
God has called me to
pastor this small
assembly of saints.