Solomon had an idea why God had blessed his father David. When God appeared to Solomon in a dream and said “Ask what I shall give you.” Part of Solomon’s reply is:
“You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day.” 1 Kings 3:6 ESV
Part of the tragedy of Solomon is that although he knew that God’s favour had been on his Father because he had walked in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward God, Solomon himself did not do so.
Indeed in 1 Kings 3, the rot had already set in. 1Kings 3:3 says that “Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places. “
The tragedy unfolds with the book of 1 Kings. It is Solomon who presides over the greatest period of prosperity in the history of Israel. It is Solomon who builds the temple, Israel’s great house of worship and it is Solomon whose sin against the Lord results in the division of Israel as one nation
Solomon is remembered for his wisdom, and yet as you read his story in 1 Kings, it seems as though we are to be reminded that it is one thing to know wisdom and another to live wisely.