God interacted with Solomon a second time through another dream. In the first, God promised exceptional wisdom, wealth and fame along with an affirmation of Solomon’s succession to the Davidic Dynasty. The second dream clearly was God’s response to Solomon’s prayer.
The euphoric celebration surrounding the dedication of the temple suddenly hushed as King Solomon stood to speak to the people of Israel. It was the day after the 7-day celebration of Sukkot. For another seven days, the nation would celebrate the dedication of the temple.
It’s natural for Christians to project their own cultural experience into the context of Scripture. When we read about the dedication of Solomon’s temple, however, our concept—of the typical hour-long formal church service followed by light refreshments—does not do justice to the Bible narrative.
Solomon’s request demonstrated humility rather than self-aggrandizement—a willingness to submit to God’s authority rather than selfish ambition. And, God granted his request.
Solomon’s accession to the throne should have been seamless. However, the king’s oldest living son, Adonijah, complicated matters putting David’s faith to the test.