The tabernacle made by Moses was located at Gibeon when the young Solomon began his rule over Israel but the ark of the covenant was in Jerusalem in the tent that David had prepared for it. The brazen altar was with the tabernacle. It was there that Solomon offered 1,000 burnt offerings in his first sacrifice as sole regent over the nation and where God appeared to Solomon in a dream.
Does God issue any commands?
- God told Solomon to ask Him for what He, God, would give Solomon. (What a gift this was! God obviously knew that Solomon was not going to ask something frivolous.)
Does God make any promises?
- In the very first verse we see that a promise of God is being fulfilled as God magnified Solomon's kingdom exceedingly.
- God promised Solomon the wisdom and knowledge for which he asked but He also promised him wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like. (verse 12)
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- Because Solomon was a young man that did not seek his own good but the will of his father in ruling the kingdom God blessed him greatly. This makes Solomon a type of Jesus who also did not seek to do His own will but that of His Father, who then blessed Him abundantly with wisdom and knowledge as He grew. (A true mystery to be sure! How did the God/Man "grow in wisdom . . . , and in favour with God and man?" Luke 2:52)
Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
- Solomon asked that God let His promise to David be established. Part of that promise was that David would have an heir to sit on the throne of Israel forever. This promise is yet to be fully fulfilled.