King Solomon was the son of the Great King David and Bathsheba, It is said that he was born approximately 991BC and became King of Israel in 971 BC at the early age of twenty. He reigned over Israel for forty years and died in 931 BC. 1 The name Solomon in Hebrew represents peace. King David saw many wars during his reign and God wanted Israel’s next king to be a king of peace. He wanted Solomon to build the temple of God so that the Ark of the Covenant would have a permanent home. God would not allow David to build the temple because he had too much blood shed during his reign and the temple must not be built by someone who has blood on their hands. David now near the end of his life would have Solomon anointed as King; as his eldest son Adonjiah was trying to steal the throne from Solomon. 2 Solomon was but a child when he was crowned king and was unsure of his ability to rule Israel; so he went to God and asked that He gave him wisdom. 3 Since Solomon asked for wisdom; not wealth and long life God blessed him with a Great Kingdom. 4
King Solomon was a wise judge; we see the demonstration of his wisdom with the issue of the harlots. One of them accidentally kills her baby by rolling over on it and smothers it in the night. She then steals the other women’s baby and it is now in the hands of the King to decide. Solomon wisely chooses to cut the baby in half and the real mother willing gave the child up to save the child’s life; Solomon gave the child to that women because he knew that a mother would give up her child before she would allow the child to be cut in half. 5 King Solomons notoriety for his wisdom grew throughout the nations, the whole world sought to have an audience with him to hear the wisdom that God had placed on his heart. 6
King Solomon although very wise was still very human. He was known to have seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. He had numerous children, but his first-born was Rehoboam and he was to be his successor. He married many foreign women and allowed them to build their own temples to their idols. His greatest love was said to be the Queen of Sheba. The bible does not confirm this however many historians believe it to be true. The bible does tell us that it was the love of women and their gods that turned his heart away from God. 7 Solomon who was blessed with the wisdom of God built the most amazing temple for God; is now falling away from his first love. King Solomons lust led him away from God and it would cost him his Kingdom. God would destroy King Solomons Kingdom and the tribes of Israel would be divided.
What is it we can learn from King Solomon? How can we apply this ancient text to our modern-day life? King Solomon wrote the book of Proverbs which is a book of instructions with Godly wisdom which can still be used today. He has left a legacy of great wisdom for us to exercise in our own lives. King Solomons life teaches how the blessings of God are plentiful if we abide in Him. God must always be our first love and we must trust in His written words and wisdom. 8 The flesh can be a challenge in our daily life, However we have the power to overcome through Jesus. To give way to the lust of the flesh will bring destruction to our temple; our body, soul and mind just as Solomons lust brought destruction to the Kingdom of Israel. King Solomons life is a great illustration of how one can be so close to God and have a heart filled with His wisdom but still fall away from the Lord. In his wisdom he became self-assured and self-reliant; he thought that he knew better than God. He formed alliances with foreigners in the name of peace that did not know the God of Abraham. He allowed the enemy into his territory. How often do we allow the enemy into our territory by forming alliances with those who do not know God? We must always guard our hearts for the enemy is always looking to devour us. 9 Where our hearts are; our lives will follow. 10 Solomons heart was no longer seeking God but seeking the lust of his flesh. The people of Israel grew weary of his foolishness, of his high taxes, and his lack of reverence toward the one true God, the God of Abraham. His own friend Jeroboam turned on him and brought about the destruction of Israel. After Solomons death all except two tribes of Israel did not want to follow Solomons son Rehoboam. Jeroboam took ten tribes to the north and Rehoboam took the two tribes to the south. Israel was no more.
Though the life of King Solomon we can learn many lessons; one of the greatest lessons is obedience. Place God first in our lives and follow His book of instruction; the bible. God teaches us through His written word and His rhema word; the voice of His Spirit. Adhering to our Lord will bring great blessing to our lives. Although Solomon was wise he became distraught by his own decisions. His Kingdom was the one of the greatest recorded in history, but he failed God.
We may possess great things in our lives but what is it worth to the Lord if we do not know Him? The love of anything before the love of our Saviour Jesus will lead us into eternal damnation. The first commandment states that thou shalt not have any gods before me. 11 Solomon put his wives before God. We today put many things before God, including our spouses. We place our families, our friends, our careers, money, possessions, and yes even our churches have all become idols in our hearts. As lovers and the bride of Christ we must turn our hearts away from these idols and turn our hearts back to Him, We want to finish our journey strong and in faith with our temples intact. We want to have our lives count in the eternal; for the flesh is fleeting and the natural is but only for a moment. Don’t allow the idols of this temporal world to fill your heart and deceive you from the eternal home that God has for you. It is a Kingdom of perfect peace, unspeakable joy and a love that cannot be conceived by the human heart. In Jesus Name, Amen!!
Kingdom Blessings to You & May God Keep You in All Things Pertaining to Life & Godliness ~Sincerely Cindy ♥
11 Kings 11:42 And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years.
2 1 Kings 1: 5-10 5Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. 6And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Absalom. 7And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him. 8But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men which belonged to David, were not with Adonijah. 9And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by Enrogel, and called all his brethren the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah the king’s servants: 10But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon his brother, he called not.
3 1 Kings 3:7-9 7And 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. 8And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. 9Give 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?
4 1Kings 3:11-12 11And 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; 12Behold, 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.
5 1 Kings 3:19-26 And this woman’s child died in the night; because she overlaid it. 20And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. 21And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear. 22And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king. 23Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living. 24And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king. 25And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other. 26Then 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.
6 1 Kings 10:24 And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart
7 1 Kings 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
8 Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
9 Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
10 Proverbs 12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also
11 Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me