2 Chronicles – Chapter 1: Solomon Asks for Wisdom

Today we have our first chapter in the book of 2 Chronicles.  Remember that 2 Chronicles very closely follows 1 Kings, so much of what you see in this chapter will be a repeat of 1 Kings.

“Solomon son of David established himself firmly over his kingdom, for the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.” – 2 Chronicles 1:1

This makes it clear God backs Solomon.  Solomon does what he does because God has his backing.

“Solomon answered God, ‘You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?’” – 2 Chronicles 1:8-10

These verses point out that Solomon is not yet wise.  It is God granting Solomon wisdom.  So from here on out, everything Solomon does, is a result of God’s ‘wisdom’.  I’m hinting here that much of what Solomon does is not even close to being wise.  Sure makes it seem as if God is a failure.

“The king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills.” – 2 Chronicles 1:15

Is it really wise to make things of silver and gold when much of the population is suffering in poverty?

This concludes the first chapter of 1 Chronicles.  Solomon is now in charge of the Israelites and God has granted him the wisdom to rule.  God then gives Solomon a bunch of riches, many of which I did not mention.  An interesting choice given the people are still suffering.  Then again, no one said the god of the Bible was a wise god.

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 72:  Of Solomon.

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Introduction to 2 Chronicles

We know from previous discussions that 1 Chronicles follows very closely with 2 Samuel.  A similar theme is present with 2 Chronicles in that it very closely follows 1 Kings, which we’ve already discussed the first four chapters.  The first several chapters of 2 Chronicles will focus on Solomon and the remaining chapters will focus on the time after Solomon.  Tradition says the author is Ezra, but as with most books in the Bible, there is really no clue who the author really is.  That pretty much does it for an introduction.  It’s the Bible, so expect quite a bit of awful stuff to appear in 2 Chronicles.