|The Book of 2 Chronicles|
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Go to Bible: 2 Chronicles 1
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“the Tent of Meeting of God.” The Tent of Meeting of God is also called “the Tabernacle,” or “the Tent.” Moses’ Tabernacle, with the courtyard, bronze altar of sacrifice, and the Tabernacle tent itself with the menorah, table of the Bread of the Presence, and the golden altar of incense, was at Gibeon, so Solomon went there to sacrifice to God.(top)
“because he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem.” David moved the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem instead of rejoining it with the Tabernacle (2 Sam. 6:17; 1 Chron. 16:1; see commentary on 1 Chron. 16:1).(top)
“sought Yahweh at it.” That is, Solomon and the people sought the altar at the Tabernacle of Moses at Gibeon. It was that altar of sacrifice built by Moses that people brought their burnt offerings and sought to be accepted by Yahweh.(top)
“in the presence of Yahweh.” The Ark of the Covenant was in the tent that David pitched for it in Jerusalem, but the Tabernacle tent itself, along with the altar of burnt offering, the table of the Bread of the Presence, the menorah, and the golden altar of incense, were at Gibeon. The presence of Yahweh was still at the Tabernacle; God still honored the work done by those godly men who lived at the time of Moses and who built the Tabernacle just as God told them to.(top)
“In that night.” This revelation occurred in a dream (1 Kings 3:15). God said He would speak in dreams (Num. 12:6), and He did to Solomon; God appeared to Solomon in a dream. God appears in human form, even in dreams (see commentary on Acts 7:55).
“Ask what you would like me to give you.” There is a sense in which God is testing Solomon here, to see what is in his heart. Solomon’s response, that he wanted wisdom so he could properly judge God’s people, was genuine, and it highlights the depths to which Solomon fell and how greatly his heart had changed when he later built temples for pagan gods and worshiped them (1 Kings 11:4-10).(top)
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“Now give me wisdom and knowledge.” Solomon starts out very humble and godly. At the beginning of his reign he did not rule over people harshly or act as though he were better than everyone else. In a similar manner, Jesus Christ, though he was the Son of God, humbled himself and took on the form of a servant (Phil. 2:5-9). Sadly Solomon did not maintain his humble attitude very long.
“this great people.” The people of Israel were “great” in many ways, for example, they were numerous, and had a strong army.(top)
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“from the Tent of Meeting.” The Hebrew text is more idiomatic: “from before the Tent of Meeting.” That is, from the presence of the Tent of Meeting, from where the Tent was located.(top)
“he had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen.” This large number was in disobedience to Deuteronomy 17:16. It seems incongruous in the context of Solomon asking God for wisdom. This act of Solomon does not seem very wise.(top)
“the Shephelah.” The Shephelah is the name of the low hilly land between the coastal plain and the inner hill country of Judah. It is primarily in southern Judah between the Plain of Philistia on the Mediterranean coast and the hill country of Judah in central Judah.(top)
“The horses that Solomon had were brought out of Egypt.” Getting horses from Egypt was strictly forbidden in the Mosaic Law in Deuteronomy 17:16. Solomon was wise, but here we see that wisdom does not necessarily mean obedience to God. As we read more about Solomon, we see he ignored and disobeyed many of God’s laws, eventually doing evil in God’s sight (1 Kings 11:6-10).
“Kue.” Kue is generally thought to be in southern Turkey, perhaps in the area of Cilicia.(top)
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