Today’s passage: 1 Kings 4:1-34
- When David’s officials were named, the military commanders came first. This is not the case for Solomon.
- Verse 20 recalls God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 22:17.
- The mention of their eating, drinking and rejoicing simply points to their ability to enjoy this time of peace and prosperity under Solomon’s reign.
- Other regions around Israel had been known for their wisdom and knowledge…not so anymore. Now, with Solomon, the world was looking to Israel. A great opportunity was before them to point the world to the true God.
Questions to consider:
- What are some examples of Solomon’s wisdom in leadership as he has given various men these differing responsibilities? e.g. – Why might some men have governed over larger areas than others? What would the presence of some of the princesses have done for certain regions in the country? These lists and explanations are given to showcase Solomon’s wisdom…where can we see it?
- On the other hand, after reading Deuteronomy 17:14-20, do you see any signs of things turning for the worse in Solomon’s reign? Where would Solomon be getting all the money and the products to maintain these impressive lists? Who was paying for all of it?
- With all eyes in the world on Israel, we would hope to see the nations turn to Yahweh as Lord. What things do we see happening already in this chapter that may have turned Israel’s attention away from their God-given purpose in the world? What kinds of earthly gains/possessions/activities can easily distract us today from what God has given the church to do?