This is the first chapter of a commentary on 1 Kings. The book of 1 Kings displays God’s faithfulness in the midst of the unfaithfulness of His people. This chapter discusses the subtleties of character portrayal, plot and dialogue in 1 Kings 1, and how these reveal God’s purposes for His people.
Looking at 1 Kings 9-12, this article shows how Solomon rose to power and brought great blessings of wealth to God's people and the building of the temple. At the same time the life of Solomon is discussed in terms of his faith and life. Prosperity and security are not guarantees of godliness and idolatry is the decay of society. These are lessons one can learn from Solomon's life.
Often ministers are reluctant to preach from the Old Testament. Preachers are put off by the narrative structure of so much of the Old Testament. It presents us with theological difficulties in the portrayal of God. Walter Moberly encourages us to rediscover the preacher's vocation through a re-reading of 1 Kings 22.