Summary: The Request of a Wise Man
A WISE REQUEST FOR A NEW RESPONSIBILITY
Take your Bibles and turn please to 1Kings 3: 3-14- (read this passage.)
On the occasion of this unusual visitation of God, Young King elect Solomon and a great host of the congregation of Israel had come to Gibeon for the inauguration of David’s son as king and spiritual leader of God’s chosen people.
Here at Gibeon ( approximately 6 miles north of Jerusalem) Solomon seeks for divine favor and wisdom for his new spiritual trust and responsibility.
Late that night, when the music and singing had all been silenced.. And after the great crowd had all dispersed, a new King is found alone with God... In soul-searching heart examination.
How would one so young and inexperienced be able to give wise counsel and spiritual direction to such a vast kingdom?
That Night… During This Solomn’s Personal Encounter With the God of All Flesh, Jehovah, Appears in a Dream To Provide the Necessary Divine Endowment For Solomons Human In Sufficiency.
In Our Text (Verse 5) God Said: “Ask What I Shall Give thee” ( Tell Me What You Need and Won’t About Everything Else in All the World).
Here Was a Man Who from a Human Standpoint Already Possessed Almost Everything That One Could Possibly Expect… He Was Young, Wealthy, And He Was King Of a Very Large And Special Kingdom.
Solomon Already Stood At the Pinnacle Of Human Achievement And Happiness–
But ...In Addition to All These Human Accomplishments And Material Blessings Suddenly, The Infinite, Limitless, Resources of God Or Made Available…
And He Is Free, To “Ask” and “Receive” Anything, And Everything That He Needs!
OH What an Offer
But… Lest Some of Us Become Envious Of Solomon And Lest We Accuse God Of Showing Favoritism… I Remind All Who Love God ( As Solomon did) That Our Heavenly Father Shall Supply All Your Needs According to His Riches In Glory by Christ Jesus.
Personally I Am Persuaded, That Solomons God Has Never Changed… And That His Promises And Provisions Are Changeless!
When the Bible Says:
Everyone That Asketh Receiveth It–I Believe It!
I also accept as a personal promise from God to me in Matthew 7:7 were Jesus says:
ask and it shall be given you
seek and ye shall find
knock and it shall be opened unto you
so the unusual offer that God makes to Solomon at Gibeon is still valid to all who live in a right spiritual relationship with the Savior.
In this familiar Old Testament passage, I find 3 imported truths:
1–a divine and unchanging offer
2–a wise and rewarding choice
3–an abundant Blessed bestowal
now let’s look at these 3 important truths:
a divine and then changing offer
verse 5 the last phrase (ask what I shall give thee)-
Solomon tell me what your Need is.
the wonderful secret to this unchanging offer is found in one little 3 letter word: ask
and the secret to the fullfillment of every need of our life and desire of our heart is also bound up in the same word.
Here the word ask means “request”.