July 27, 2008pm   A King’s Ransom   I Kings 3:1-12

by Ron George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

Who was the richest and most powerful man that has ever been?  It was Solomon?  God gave him what he wanted.  He didn’t want riches or fame, but he asked for wisdom to be able to lead the people of God.  He wanted to do right in the sight of the Lord and to lead the people of God in the right.  He feared God and cared about God’s people.  Thus God rewarded him for his choice.  What did Solomon do that led him to his blessings from the Lord? 

I Kings 3     Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt and married his daughter. He brought her to the City of David until he finished building his palace and the temple of the Lord, and the wall around Jerusalem. 2 The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places, because a temple had not yet been built for the Name of the Lord. 3 Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the statutes of his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.
4 The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
6 Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.
7 “Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.

1.  Is there a relationship we need to build?  Solomon built a relationship with his neighbors.  He was willing to reach out to them.  Would we reach out to others, even though those who may be different? 

2.  Is There Work for Us to Do?
a.  He built the palace and the temple.  What have we done in the name of the Lord. 
b.  He built the wall around Jerusalem.  He completed the Lord’s work that David his father had started. 

3.  Is There worship for us to give? 
He made sacrifices wherever they could to the Lord.  Worship where you are and with what is available.

4.  Is there a law of God we need to obey?  He walked in the statutes and law of the Lord by this He showed his love to the Lord.  How do we show our love to the Lord. 

5.   Is there a priority we need to make?  He went to the most important place to offer sacrifice to the Lord.  He gave a great costly sacrifice of 1000 burnt offerings.  How much would you pay to the Lord. 

6. Is there a sacrifice we need to give?  God asks that we give a living sacrifice.  What greater a sacrifice would we make? 

  1. Is there a request we want from the Lord?  Would you want to lead others to God?  Would God be pleased with your request?  God can do anything?  He can make us able to serve Him and His people.  Fear God and walk in His ways.  So that, we give the honor and glory due His name through our lives. 

 

What would you be willing to do for the Lord?  What would you be willing to give to God?  What would you ask from God?  What would bring Him honor and glory?  What would honor Him?  Do you believe that He could give it?  Would you ask it?  What would you want God to give to you? 

 

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). 1 Ki 3:1-13.