In 1 Kings 3, Solomon has just inherited the kingdom. He had just been coronated. Verses 4-5 (NKJV) says, 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. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?
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One day as I was reading 1 Kings Chapter 3, I came across verse 4 again where Solomon sacrificed a thousand burnt offerings on the altar. In Jewish custom, when a king was coronated, as an act of gratitude, he would sacrifice
one bull in an act of worship to the Lord. It would have been somewhat
sacrificed. But verse 4 says that Solomon, from a deep heart of gratitude, a
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over the top, maybe excessive, if Solomon had requested that 10 bulls be heart of extravagant giving and worship to the Lord, sacrificed a thousand bulls on that altar. It was immediately after that extravagance that God’s heart was so captured that He said to him, now because of your extravagant worship, because of your extravagant giving, Solomon, ask me whatever you will and I will give it to you. As I studied the passage, I realised that Solomon had moved beyond a place of worship and giving. He had come to a level of extravagance.
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When I understood that revelation, the Holy Spirit began to speak to me: this is it; not only should you ask for wisdom, understanding and discernment to lead the people but you must learn to live your life above mediocrity and above status quo, learning to live and worship and give as Solomon did at a level of extravagance. I found there were many of God’s people who moved beyond mediocrity and status quo and lived their lives at a level of extravagance. In 2 Samuel 24, you see David giving 21 billion dollars in gold for the sake of building the temple. It was extravagant. On the complete other end of the spectrum, in Luke 21, there was a widow woman who brings one mite as an offering. It is an insignificant amount of money but because she gave everything she had, Jesus recognised it as an extravagant gift of worship.