By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
King Solomon in the early years of his reign offered a very significant sacrifice.
Solomon’s sacrifice was notable because it resulted directly in a divine visitation.
This divine visitation was the secret behind the extraordinary reign of Solomon.
1 Kings 3:4 NKJV
“Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place: Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.”
Solomon offered his sacrifice in Gibeon because he had not yet built and dedicated the temple of God in Jerusalem.
He started building the temple in the fourth year of his reign.
1 Kings 6:37 NIV
“The foundation of the temple of the Lord was laid in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv.”
Solomon took seven years to build the temple.
1 Kings 6:38 NIV
“In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it.”
Before the temple was built the Jews offered sacrifices in “high places.”
The “high places” were earthen altars specially built on hills and mountains to offer sacrifices to God.
Solomon chose Gibeon because it had a very big altar.
It could accommodate the extraordinary number of cattle, that Solomon had decided to sacrifice to God.
Solomon offered one thousand burnt offerings to God at one time.
His extraordinary sacrifice produced an extraordinary response from God.
1 Kings 3:5 NIV
“At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
What an awesome blessing!
Gibeon, the place of Solomon’s sacrifice became the place of his divine visitation.
God responded to Solomon’s sacrifice by offering him a blank cheque, to ask for anything he wanted.
May the Lord respond to your sacrifices and offerings.
May God’s blessing manifest in your life promptly and speedily, in Jesus’ name.
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