Day 143: Solomon Asks for Wisdom

The Two Books of the Kings

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(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)

1 Kings 1:1 The two Books of Kings describe the history of Israel and Judah following the death of King David. They relate David’s line of succession, which ultimately led to Christ. Their message reinforces the key theme of the earlier writings, i.e., that the blessings to be enjoyed by the Chosen People depended upon their fidelity to God and his Commandments. As before, the Chosen People repeatedly slipped into idolatrous practices, thus rejecting the most basic tenet of the covenant: to worship only the one true God. Yet God, in his infinite mercy and love, continually gave his people opportunities to repent and to be recommitted to the Mosaic Law. (CCC 210-211)

Ch 1:39 In the Old Testament, anointing with oil was used to consecrate a person to God for a specific mission; it was commonly used for the consecration of kings, priests, and prophets. Solomon was to be the second king of the Davidic dynasty, which God had instituted and promised would last forever. All the later kings of Judah were also anointed as the sign of their kingship. Jesus Christ, the Son of David and King of Israel, was anointed by the HOLY SPIRIT at the time of his baptism in the Jordan. (CCC 436, 438)

Ch 1:41-53 Solomon dealt mercifully with his half-brother rival and allowed him to live as long as he did not fall into wicked ways.

Horns of the altar: The altar of sacrifice had protrusions on the corners where the blood of the sacrificed animals was ritually smeared. 

2 Chronicles 1-36 As in 1 Chronicles, this book parallels, supplements, and sometimes repeats the narrative contained in earlier books of the Old Testament. It begins with the reign of Solomon, which covers the first nine chapters, and emphasizes the building, dedication, and significance of the Temple. It also links with some of the contemporary prophets whose writings appear later in Scripture. The primary themes of this book are familiar ones: the Kings of Israel are chosen by God; the Temple is a sign of God’s permanent presence among his people; and God blesses his people for their fidelity and punishes them for their sins.

Ch 1:1-18 The reign of Solomon began in a time of peace. Unlike in 1 Kings, 2 Chronicles does not report any controversy involving Adonijah, a son of David; in this version of Solomon’s succession, God granted him not only wisdom but also great riches and honor. Through his divine wisdom God created and sustains the world, and wisdom is one of the greatest gifts God can bestow on a person. Through the light of reason and his grace, we can share in God’s wisdom. (CCC 216, 295, 299, 1954)

Psalm 43 In this psalm, a sequel to Psalm 42, the psalmist expresses deep frustration and exasperation but perseveres in the hope that his time of exile would soon be over. Instead of lamenting the loss of Jerusalem, he looked forward with eager expectation to his dream of returning to the holy city in consideration of God’s unfaltering love. The source of his confidence was God’s never-ending providence on those he loves. Ultimately, his goal went beyond Jerusalem to union with God himself. (Cf. St. John Paul II, General Audience, February 6, 2002)

Your light and your truth: To live in the presence of God is to live in his light and his truth, which involves his loving will for us in all our thoughts and actions. 

Hope in God...and my God: The psalmist, living in exile at the time of writing, yearned to return to Jerusalem to worship God in his Temple, which was his dwelling place. He did so with confidence that God would answer him: “I shall again praise him.” (CCC 2466)

(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)

The Royal Heir

(Walking with God: A Journey Through The Bible by Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins)

“He shall not multiply horses for himself nor cause the people to return to Egypt in order to multiply horses, since the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall never return that way again.’”

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we give you praise. We do give you glory and honor. There is no reason when you are with us, when you are near us, for our souls to be cast down. Yes, Lord God, we experience grief. We experience suffering. We experience loss in this life and in this world. And so our hearts can be broken. But, in all things we can still have joy. We can still have this abiding and pervasive sense of well-being because we know who you are. We know your character. We know your heart. We know your steadfast love for us. Because of that, Lord God, we can have that abiding and that pervasive sense of well-being. We can have joy in all circumstances. That even when our hearts are broken, even when our souls are tormented, even when our bodies are wracked with pain and grief, that we do not have to be cast down because you are with us. And you are for us. And if you are for us, who can be against us? We give you praise, Lord God. So thank you. Thank you. Help us, bolster us up, and strengthen us, Lord God. Especially when the grief gets too big, when the suffering gets to be too much, when this day is overwhelming, strengthen us. Help us take one step forward. Help us take the next good step. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”

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