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2 Chronicles 1-5: The Best Request

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Today is history Tuesday and we’ll begin the book of 2 Chronicles with chapters 1-5. After the reading I’ll have some comments. And of course I’ll have an “On This Date In Church History” segment for you, too. I’m calling today’s episode “The Best Request.”

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Comments on 2 Chronicles 1

Solomon now begins his reign as king. It seems that his first order of business was to strengthen his hold on the kingdom. In 1 Kings, chapter 2, we read that shortly before his father David died, he gave Solomon instructions on what he should do to accomplish this. And it looks like Solomon wasted no time.

Also, we’re told in 2 Chronicles 1 that God was with him and highly exalted him. God seems to be pleased with how Solomon began his reign.

Then he brought all Israel together to make a very special sacrifice of 1,000 burnt offerings to God. This seems to have been to show that he would seek God as the leader of the nation.

That night God came to Solomon in a dream and said, “Ask. What should I give you?”

Of course, the implication is that He would have given Solomon anything that he asked for, isn’t it?

Can you imagine? Anything! Wow. Wouldn’t it be great if God made that kind of offer to you? What would you ask for? 

But wait! He has made that offer! Don’t believe me?

· Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7).

· If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you (John 15:7).

· Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us (1 John 5:14).

Those promises apply to every believer, beloved. The question is, have we availed ourselves of them?

We all know what Solomon’s request was. He asked for wisdom and knowledge to lead Israel. Please note that he asked for *both* wisdom *and* knowledge. Knowledge without wisdom can be a very dangerous thing. For instance, it’s one thing know how to use a gun, but if I don’t have the wisdom to know when to use it, great harm could not be far away.

And God said, “Since this was in your heart, and you have not requested riches, wealth, or glory, or for the life of those who hate you, and you have not even requested long life, but you have requested for yourself wisdom and knowledge that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king, 12wisdom and knowledge are given to you. I will also give you riches, wealth, and glory, unlike what was given to the kings who were before you, or will be given to those after you.”

So Solomon had made a good request, don’t you agree? 

But did he make the *best* request? Let’s think about this.

Did he ask for a deep and abiding love for God and the desire to follow Him, and lead the people in how to be devoted to God, as his father had? Would this have been even better? Surely, as we’ve seen David was a flawed man, but his love of God never waned. David ended his life still in love with God. As we shall see, this was not how Solomon ended his days.

Solomon is thought to have been between twenty and twenty-five years old when he took the throne. What generally happens to young people when they attain great wealth? It ruins them. Not always, but quite often.

Perhaps it would have been better if Solomon had asked for a heart devoted to God, it would have been the best request.

Adam Clarke, who lived from 1762 to 1832, was a Methodist theologian and Bible scholar, wrote these words about Solomon: “Instead of being the wisest of men, did he not become more brutish than any man? Did he not even lose the knowledge of his Creator, and worship the abominations of the Moabites, Zidonians, and [so forth]? And was not such idolatry a proof of the grossest stupidity? How few proofs does his life give that the gracious purpose of God was fulfilled in him! He received much; but he would have received much more, had he been faithful to the grace given. No character in the sacred writings disappoints us more than the character of Solomon.” 

Yes, God gave Solomon great blessings, but as is always the case, Solomon had to decide to follow God and make right decisions in his life. Tragically, he often chose wrongly.

Beloved, we may not have the greatest riches, the most wisdom or the deepest knowledge, but if we ask for and cultivate a continual thirst to know and love God, when we reach the end of our days we will have run the race well.

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Bible translation used in today’s episode: Ch. 1HCSB; Ch. 2-3 NASB; Ch. 4-5 NLT

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STEVE WEBB – 0:00
We will have run the race well.

INTRO S12E265 – 0:09
Hi, there. This the Lifespring Family Audio Bible coming to you from Riverside, California. Podcasting since 2004, I’m your OG Godcaster, Steve Webb. Thank you for inviting me into your day. This is the daily show where we are reading through the entire Bible in a year. Today is HISTORY Tuesday. We’ll begin the book of 2 Chronicles with chapters 1 through 5. I’ll have some comments after the reading, and we’ve got an On This Date in Church History segment. I’m calling today’s episode, “The Best Request”. The show notes page is at lifespringmedia.com/s12e265 and we’re in double digits now on remaining episodes. There are just 99 left in this season. My email address is steve@lifespringmedia.com. Let’s get started.

2 CHRONICLES 1 (HCSB) – 0:54
2 Chronicles, chapter 1. (1) Solomon son of David strengthened his hold on his kingdom. The Lord his God was with him and highly exalted him. (2) Then Solomon spoke to all Israel, to the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, to the judges, and to every leader in all Israel — the heads of the families. (3) Solomon and the whole assembly with him went to the high place that was in Gibeon because God’s tent of meeting, which the Lord’s servant Moses had made in the wilderness, was there. (4) Now David had brought the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim to the place he had set up for it, because he had pitched a tent for it in Jerusalem, (5) but he put the bronze altar, which Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, had made, in front of the Lord’s tabernacle. Solomon and the assembly inquired of Him there. (6) Solomon offered sacrifices there in the Lord’s presence on the bronze altar at the tent of meeting; he offered 1,000 burnt offerings on it.

(7) That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him: “Ask. What should I give you? ”

(8) And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great and faithful love to my father David, and You have made me king in his place. (9) Lord God, let Your promise to my father now come true. For You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. (10) Now grant me wisdom and knowledge so that I may lead these people, for who can judge this great people of Yours?”

(11) God said to Solomon, “Since this was in your heart, and you have not requested riches, wealth, or glory, or for the life of those who hate you, and you have not even requested long life, but you have requested for yourself wisdom and knowledge that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king, (12) wisdom and knowledge are given to you. I will also give you riches, wealth, and glory, unlike what was given to the kings who were before you, or will be given to those after you.” (13) So Solomon went to Jerusalem from the high place that was in Gibeon in front of the tent of meeting, and he reigned over Israel.

(14) Solomon accumulated 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, which he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem. (15) The king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedar as abundant as sycamore in the Judean foothills. (16) Solomon’s horses came from Egypt and Kue. The king’s traders would get them from Kue at the going price. (17) A chariot could be imported from Egypt for 15 pounds of silver and a horse for about four pounds. In the same way, they exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and to the kings of Aram through their agents.

2 CHRONICLES 2 (NASB) – 3:39
2 Chronicles, chapter 2. (1) Now Solomon decided to build a house for the name of the Lord and a royal palace for himself. (2) So Solomon assigned 70,000 men to carry loads and 80,000 men to quarry stone in the mountains and 3,600 to supervise them.

(3) Then Solomon sent word to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, “As you dealt with David my father and sent him cedars to build him a house to dwell in, so do for me. (4) Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of the Lord my God, dedicating it to Him, to burn fragrant incense before Him and to set out the showbread continually, and to offer burnt offerings morning and evening, on sabbaths and on new moons and on the appointed feasts of the Lord our God, this being required forever in Israel. (5) The house which I am about to build will be great, for greater is our God than all the gods. (6) But who is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him? So who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except to burn incense before Him? (7) Now send me a skilled man to work in gold, silver, brass and iron, and in purple, crimson and violet fabrics, and who knows how to make engravings, to work with the skilled men whom I have in Judah and Jerusalem, whom David my father provided. (8) Send me also cedar, cypress and algum timber from Lebanon, for I know that your servants know how to cut timber of Lebanon; and indeed my servants will work with your servants, (9) to prepare timber in abundance for me, for the house which I am about to build will be great and wonderful. (10) Now behold, I will give to your servants, the woodsmen who cut the timber, 20,000 kors of crushed wheat and 20,000 kors of barley, and 20,000 baths of wine and 20,000 baths of oil.”

(11) Then Huram, king of Tyre, answered in a letter sent to Solomon: “Because the Lord loves His people, He has made you king over them.” (12) Then Huram continued, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who has made heaven and earth, who has given King David a wise son, endowed with discretion and understanding, who will build a house for the Lord and a royal palace for himself.

(13) “Now I am sending Huram-abi, a skilled man, endowed with understanding, (14) the son of a Danite woman and a Tyrian father, who knows how to work in gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone and wood, and in purple, violet, linen and crimson fabrics, and who knows how to make all kinds of engravings and to execute any design which may be assigned to him, to work with your skilled men and with those of my lord David your father. (15) Now then, let my lord send to his servants wheat and barley, oil and wine, of which he has spoken. (16) We will cut whatever timber you need from Lebanon and bring it to you on rafts by sea to Joppa, so that you may carry it up to Jerusalem.”

(17) Solomon numbered all the aliens who were in the land of Israel, following the census which his father David had taken; and 153,600 were found. (18) He appointed 70,000 of them to carry loads and 80,000 to quarry stones in the mountains and 3,600 supervisors to make the people work.

2 CHRONICLES 3 (NASB) – 6:53
2 Chronicles, chapter 3. (1) Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. (2) He began to build on the second day in the second month of the fourth year of his reign.

(3) Now these are the foundations which Solomon laid for building the house of God. The length in cubits, according to the old standard was sixty cubits, and the width twenty cubits. (4) The porch which was in front of the house was as long as the width of the house, twenty cubits, and the height 120; and inside he overlaid it with pure gold. (5) He overlaid the main room with cypress wood and overlaid it with fine gold, and ornamented it with palm trees and chains. (6) Further, he adorned the house with precious stones; and the gold was gold from Parvaim. (7) He also overlaid the house with gold—the beams, the thresholds and its walls and its doors; and he carved cherubim on the walls.

(8) Now he made the room of the holy of holies: its length across the width of the house was twenty cubits, and its width was twenty cubits; and he overlaid it with fine gold, amounting to 600 talents. (9) The weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. He also overlaid the upper rooms with gold.

(10) Then he made two sculptured cherubim in the room of the holy of holies and overlaid them with gold. (11) The wingspan of the cherubim was twenty cubits; the wing of one, of five cubits, touched the wall of the house, and its other wing, of five cubits, touched the wing of the other cherub. (12) The wing of the other cherub, of five cubits, touched the wall of the house; and its other wing of five cubits was attached to the wing of the first cherub. (13) The wings of these cherubim extended twenty cubits, and they stood on their feet facing the main room. (14) He made the veil of violet, purple, crimson and fine linen, and he worked cherubim on it.

(15) He also made two pillars for the front of the house, thirty-five cubits high, and the capital on the top of each was five cubits. (16) He made chains in the inner sanctuary and placed them on the tops of the pillars; and he made one hundred pomegranates and placed them on the chains. (17) He erected the pillars in front of the temple, one on the right and the other on the left, and named the one on the right Jachin and the one on the left Boaz.

2 CHRONICLES 4 (NLT) – 9:21
2 Chronicles, chapter 4. (1) Solomon also made a bronze altar 30 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 15 feet high. (2) Then he cast a great round basin, 15 feet across from rim to rim, called the Sea. It was 7-1/2 feet deep and about 45 feet in circumference. (3) It was encircled just below its rim by two rows of figures that resembled oxen. There were about six oxen per foot all the way around, and they were cast as part of the basin.

(4) The Sea was placed on a base of twelve bronze oxen, all facing outward. Three faced north, three faced west, three faced south, and three faced east, and the Sea rested on them. (5) The walls of the Sea were about three inches thick, and its rim flared out like a cup and resembled a water lily blossom. It could hold about 16,500 gallons of water.

(6) He also made ten smaller basins for washing the utensils for the burnt offerings. He set five on the south side and five on the north. But the priests washed themselves in the Sea.

(7) He then cast ten gold lampstands according to the specifications that had been given, and he put them in the Temple. Five were placed against the south wall, and five were placed against the north wall.

(8) He also built ten tables and placed them in the Temple, five along the south wall and five along the north wall. Then he molded 100 gold basins.

(9) He then built a courtyard for the priests, and also the large outer courtyard. He made doors for the courtyard entrances and overlaid them with bronze. (10) The great bronze basin called the Sea was placed near the southeast corner of the Temple.

(11) Huram-abi also made the necessary washbasins, shovels, and bowls.

So at last Huram-abi completed everything King Solomon had assigned him to make for the Temple of God:

(12) the two pillars;
the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;
the two networks of interwoven chains that decorated the capitals;
(13) the 400 pomegranates that hung from the chains on the capitals (two rows of pomegranates for each of the chain networks that decorated the capitals on top of the pillars);
(14) the water carts holding the basins;
(15) the Sea and the twelve oxen under it;
(16) the ash buckets, the shovels, the meat hooks, and all the related articles.

Huram-abi made all these things of burnished bronze for the Temple of the Lord, just as King Solomon had directed. (17) The king had them cast in clay molds in the Jordan Valley between Succoth and Zarethan. (18) Solomon used such great quantities of bronze that its weight could not be determined.

(19) Solomon also made all the furnishings for the Temple of God:

the gold altar;
the tables for the Bread of the Presence;
(20) the lampstands and their lamps of solid gold, to burn in front of the Most Holy Place as prescribed;
(21) the flower decorations, lamps, and tongs—all of the purest gold;
(22) the lamp snuffers, bowls, ladles, and incense burners—all of solid gold;
the doors for the entrances to the Most Holy Place and the main room of the Temple, overlaid with gold.

2 CHRONICLES 5 (NLT) – 12:31
2 Chronicles, chapter 5. (1) So Solomon finished all his work on the Temple of the Lord. Then he brought all the gifts his father, David, had dedicated—the silver, the gold, and the various articles—and he stored them in the treasuries of the Temple of God.

(2) Solomon then summoned to Jerusalem the elders of Israel and all the heads of tribes—the leaders of the ancestral families of Israel. They were to bring the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant to the Temple from its location in the City of David, also known as Zion. (3) So all the men of Israel assembled before the king at the annual Festival of Shelters, which is held in early autumn.

(4) When all the elders of Israel arrived, the Levites picked up the Ark. (5) The priests and Levites brought up the Ark along with the special tent and all the sacred items that had been in it. (6) There, before the Ark, King Solomon and the entire community of Israel sacrificed so many sheep, goats, and cattle that no one could keep count!

(7) Then the priests carried the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant into the inner sanctuary of the Temple—the Most Holy Place—and placed it beneath the wings of the cherubim. (8) The cherubim spread their wings over the Ark, forming a canopy over the Ark and its carrying poles. (9) These poles were so long that their ends could be seen from the Holy Place, which is in front of the Most Holy Place, but not from the outside. They are still there to this day. (10) Nothing was in the Ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Mount Sinai, where the Lord made a covenant with the people of Israel when they left Egypt.

(11) Then the priests left the Holy Place. All the priests who were present had purified themselves, whether or not they were on duty that day. (12) And the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and all their sons and brothers—were dressed in fine linen robes and stood at the east side of the altar playing cymbals, lyres, and harps. They were joined by 120 priests who were playing trumpets. (13) The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the Lord with these words:

“He is good!
His faithful love endures forever!”

At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of the Lord. (14) The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple of God.

COMMENTS – 14:58
Well, Solomon has now begun his reign as king. It seems that his first order of business was to strengthen his hold on the kingdom. In I Kings, chapter two, we read that shortly before his father, David, died, he gave Solomon instructions on what he should do to accomplish this. And it looks like Solomon wasted no time.

We read in chapter one that God was with him and highly exalted him. God seems to be pleased with how Solomon began his reign,

Solomon brought all of Israel together to make a very special sacrifice of 1000 burnt offerings to God. And this seems to have been to show that he would seek God as a leader of the nation.

That’s a good thing, right? Well, that night, God came to Solomon in a dream. And he said, “Ask. What shall I give you?”

Of course, the implication is that he would have given Solomon anything that he asked for right?

Can you imagine anything? Wow! Wouldn’t it be great if God made that kind of offer to you? What would you ask for?

But wait, he has made that offer. Don’t believe me?

Well, how about Matthew 7:7. “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be open to you.”

And John 15:7, “If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

I John 5:14, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything, according to His will, He hears us.”

Beloved, these promises apply to every believer. The question is, have we availed ourselves of them?

We all know what Solomon’s request was. He asked for wisdom and knowledge to lead Israel. Take note that he asked for both wisdom and knowledge. Knowledge without wisdom can be a very dangerous thing. For instance, it’s one thing to know how to use a gun. But if I don’t have the wisdom to know when to use it, that could be bad news.

And after his request, God said, “Since this was in your heart, and you have not requested riches, wealth, or glory, or for the life of those who hate you, and you have not even requested long life, but you’ve requested for yourself, wisdom and knowledge that you may judge my people over whom I’ve made you king, wisdom and knowledge are given you. I will also give you riches, wealth and glory, unlike what was given to the kings who were before you, or will be given to those after you.”

So Solomon made a good request, don’t you agree?

But did he make the best request? Let’s think about this.

Did he ask for a deep and abiding love for God and the desire to follow Him and lead the people in how to be devoted to God as his father had? Wouldn’t this have been even better? Surely, as we’ve seen, David was a flawed man, but his love of God never waned. David ended his life still in love with God. As we shall see, this was not how Solomon ended his days.

Solomon is thought to have been between 20 and 25 years old when he took the throne. Tell me what generally happens to young people when they attain great wealth? Quite often, it ruins them.

Perhaps it would have been better if Solomon had asked for a heart devoted to God, maybe that would have been the best request.

Adam Clark who lived from 1762 to 1832, was a Methodist theologian and Bible scholar, and he wrote these words about Solomon: “Instead of being the wisest of men, did he not become more brutish than any man? Did he not even lose the knowledge of his Creator and worship the abominations of the Moabites, Zidonians and so forth? And was not such idolatry a proof of the grossest stupidity? How few proofs does his life give that the gracious purpose of God was fulfilled in him? He received much, but he would have received much more had he been faithful to the grace given. No character in the sacred writings disappoints us more than the character of Solomon.”

Yes, God gave Solomon great blessings. But as is always the case, Solomon had to decide to follow God and make right decisions in his life. Tragically, he often chose wrongly,

Beloved, we may not have the greatest riches, the most wisdom or the deepest knowledge. But if we asked for and cultivated continual thirst to know and love God, when we reached the end of our days, we will have run the race well.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Go to lifespringmedia.com/s12e265. Tomorrow is PSALMS Wednesday and we’ll read chapters 114 through 116. Do you love the Psalms as much as I do? I love to read and pray along with the psalms of praise.

Boost!

ON THIS DATE IN CHURCH HISTORY – 20:00
On this date in church history, May 24, 1930, linguistic pioneer Frank C. Laubach serving as a Congregational missionary to the Philippines wrote in a letter, “As one makes new discoveries about his friends by being with them, so one discovers the individuality of God, if one entertains him continuously.”

And on this date in church history, May 24, 1950, during its annual meeting in Boston, the Northern Baptist Convention formally changed its name to the American Baptist Convention. And in 1972, the denomination renamed itself the American Baptist Churches in the USA.

CLOSING PRAYER – 20:48
Let’s pray. Our heavenly Father, Lord, how gracious and generous you are when we seek to know you better. You reveal yourself in your word, but also when you speak to us in the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. Help us Lord to be sensitive to that voice. Give us a continual, never-fading desire to know you and to follow you. I thank You, Lord for the Lifespring family and I asked you to bless them richly today. I pray this in Jesus name, amen.

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OUTRO S12E265 – 21:33
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