We all know the story of King Solomon, the product of David and Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah whom David killed to snatch her from him, after seeing her naked and sleeping with her; ok, now I’m taking it personal. We know that Solomon was majorly known for one thing, wisdom. He was also known for his great riches and glory, and his words of wisdom and understanding are confirmed in the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. What many don’t know is how it all began, where did he get such wisdom from? Well, it all began from a dream.
The Scenario – King Solomon
Solomon had just assumed his throne as the king of Israel and carried out judgment and justice against his enemies, including Joab, Shimei and his brother Adonijah (1 Kings 2). It is important to note that something triggered that dream as we would see below. 1 kings 3:3 says,
“And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.”
So we can see that Solomon loved the Lord, he loved him so much, that he offered a thousand burnt offerings unto God. Just imagine a sacrifice of one thousand cows or rams, all to God. Solomon had an attitude of love and praise towards God, and God visited him in a dream as we would see below. Let’s remember the position that dreams hold as God’s major spiritual feedback mechanism. God visited him in a dream by night in response to his attitude of love, judgment and justice towards God.
In 1 Kings 3:5-14, the Bible tells us that God appeared to him in a dream by night and told him to ask Him whatever he wanted. This young man did something surprising, all he asked for was an understanding heart to judge righteously. Even though the passage is pretty lengthy, it’s important that we go through it in details. It says,
“In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.”
All these negotiations happened in one dream. It is worthy of note that Solomon already had a measure of wisdom, he was tagged as a wise man by David his father (2 Kings 2:6, 9). He also loved God and the people, so his spirit man was fully represented in the dream. If you missed the first line of this passage, you won’t agree that all that negotiation was actually in a dream, you would think it was in the physical. That is how powerful, potent and important dreams are.
Dreams are potent and powerful, immediately God blessed him in the dream, it was binding. Let’s continue, 1 Kings 3:15-16 says,
“And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants. Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.”
The first thing you’d notice is that Solomon claimed the blessings of that dream and appreciated God for it like it had already happened; and immediately after the dream, there was a manifestation. Immediately after the events of that dream, the results were tested. This was a dream of immediate manifestation, the moment God blessed him, it was activated instantly, and so proximately after offering burnt offerings to God in appreciation by faith, the results started manifesting in the form of problems for him to solve. He was met by two problematic harlots.
In 1 Kings 3:17-23, we would see the whole argument. Now, Solomon really needed that blessing to be able to handle that case. Do you know that no other king would have attended to such a matter, harlots? Solomon actually sat down to listen to the argument of two harlots. Just imagine harlots having the guts to even present their case before the king, ashawo (harlot)! That proves to you that something had happened to Solomon, he had received something supernatural, God gave him a wise and understanding heart. Imagine hearing such arguments between the two of them when there are other pressing matters to be attended to. Imagine one shouting “It’s my baby!” and the other shouting “No, it’s my baby!” whose baby is it then? But Solomon had something extraordinary that he had gotten from his dream.
As a proof that something extraordinary had happened to Solomon in that dream which was made manifest in the physical, behold his judgment in the case above as we would see in 1Kings 3:23-25,
“Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living. And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king. And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.”
Wow! Now look what happens next in verses 26-27,
“Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it. Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.”
That was magnificent!!!
Just tell me how you would have judged that matter. The truthsayer (I believe truthsayer should be added to the English vocabulary, it’s my invention) had no proof, there was no way she could prove that she was telling the truth. With both women claiming ownership, no DNA and blood test facility, it could only be deciphered with the wisdom of God!
The point is, a lot of us take our dreams for granted, we don’t know how powerful they could be, and we don’t know how potent they are. Solomon had a dream just like any one of us now, he had a conversation with God just like any one of us now, he received a blessing just like any one of us now, he woke up and realized it was just a dream just like any one of us now; but he claimed his blessing and made sacrifices unto God in faith for the manifestation. He understood the potency of his dreams.
Take hold of your blessings and claim them, let go of the curses and disannul them, attend to your dreams prayerfully today.
Cheers and God bless you infinitely!!!
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