Dictionary of Bible Themes » 5000 Humanity » 5070 Individuals in OT and NT » 5118 Solomon » 5120 Solomon, character of. This reply to God shows a great amount of humility and wisdom to even ask for wisdom. His family life growing up would have been very different from most. Solomon… The Greek word for Righteous­ness (dikaiosune) is used 86 times in the NT. As the heir of the throne, Solomon was confirmed in the line of the Davidic Covenant. Place in history: Third king of Israel. Because Solomon did disobey God, God took the kingdom from Him. Solomon’s mistake was that he continued worshiping God in these high places even after he built the temple. know that the one who asks God for wisdom, Characters Study Ebook: 8 Practical Lessons on Biblical Heroes of Faith. 27-28. King Solomon's sins speak loudly to us in our current day materialistic culture. Both the Bible and common speech associate riches with wisdom. He lived and reigned in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, which was rising to its peak in history. Also, God assumes human form. King Solomon was the third king of the United Monarchy and the son of David, the second king of the United Kingdom of Israel, and an ancestor of Jesus. Both lived in the same house and had recently delivered newborns, but one of the infants had died. What different elements can we see in his prayer? God ought to be our first love, and we should let nothing come before him. However, we may leave Him. Do not be satisfied in your knowledge of Scripture and right doctrine. When reading the Song of Solomon one must remember that the broader context of the book is the Bible. He showed great respect and praise for God. He went with the very best wood imported from another country and paid for with Israel’s finest goods. From the Hebrew name שְׁלֹמֹה (Shelomoh) which was derived from Hebrew שָׁלוֹם (shalom) “peace”. God in fact used Solomon to relay to us many enduring truths and principles about the world which we can find in these books. Hence, the very fact that Canticles is included in the canon suggests something of a spiritual message. In addition, various legends grew around the figure of Solomon in later times, which further elevated his already larger-than-life character. Marrying many women. With astonishing wisdom, Solomon suggested that the boy be cut in half with a sword and split between the two women. The Bible contains several different types of literature: a. He will never leave or forsake us. These are mostly dependent on our obedience. Throughout the whole story of Solomon’s life, interjections about his great wisdom are made. Answer: Solomon was the third and last king of the united kingdom of Israel, following King Saul and King David. Solomon , also called Jedidiah (Hebrew יְדִידְיָהּ‎ Yedidyah), was, according to the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament, Quran, and Hadiths, a fabulously wealthy and wise king of the United Kingdom of Israel who succeeded his father, King David. Think North and South Korea for over 200 years. It is hard to keep on resisting temptation and faithfully following God all of one’s life. Initially he was approved by God, but the latter years of his reign were marred by idolatry and apostasy. Solomon's downfall began when he married the daughter of the Egyptian Pharaoh to seal a political alliance. He collected all sorts of treasures and surrounded himself with luxury. (NIV), Jack Zavada is a writer who covers the Bible, theology, and other Christianity topics. Afterward he sacrificed 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. He humbly acknowledged his weakness and inability to lead such a large kingdom by himself. Help us continue to create Bible study resources by supporting Study and Obey for as little as $1..fusion-button.button-2{width:auto}Support. He was concerned for his sons’ future and wanted them to listen to and follow wise instruction. Thank you again for this lesson. Solomon stands as a silent warning to all those ambitious believers who start out brimming with promises of lifelong devotion to God and then are slowly lured away. The Wisdom of Solomon (known as the Book of Wisdom in the Latin Bible tradition) is a book about wisdom—its benefits, nature, and role in ancient Israel’s history. That is a lot of animals! How he died: Solomon died apparently of old age after a long and prosperous reign of 40 years. He accumulated thousands of horses and chariots. Solomon chose understanding and discernment, asking God to help him govern his people well and wisely. Ryna. BUT, he didn’t do it. Solomon is King David's son and becomes king at a very young age. Over 50,000 words of in depth discovery questions, teaching points, and applications cover each chapter in 23 lessons. The system was fair and just, distributing the tax burden evenly over the entire country. This takes a lot of time and hard work. He knows the result of these inequally yoked unions. Solomon failed to 'finish strong'. King Solomon began his reign with wisdom, but ended it with folly. The country was divided into 12 major districts, with each district providing for the king’s court during one month each year. SOLOMON sŏl’ ə mən (שְׁלֹמֹ֔ה, peaceable; LXX Σαλομών).This was the regal name of the third king of Israel. He knew the only way he could be successful was if God granted him special wisdom. He is described as king of the United Monarchy, which broke apart into the northern Kingdom of Israel and the southern Kingdom of Judahsho… However, the Old Testament states that Solomon composed 1,005 songs (1 Kings 4:32), so one might expect him to be the author. His principal concern is for the people over whom he is to rule, and because of this noble attitude, the Lord promises him wealth and honour as well … Thirdly, it is very easy to begin to get prideful at all the accomplishments you have made and the wealth you have accumulated. Solomon also reinforced his position through military strength. Jack Zavada is a writer who covers the Bible, theology, and other Christianity topics. Wisdom of Solomon 1:5 Context. In the Bible, King Solomon was known as the wisest man of all time who attracted many important dignitaries to visit him. According to I Kings 10:1-13 of the Hebrew scriptures, she visited King Solomon in Jerusalem after hearing of his great wisdom. He claimed the promises of God. Solomon also used forced labor for his building projects. “Don’t worry. Solomon (/ ˈ s ɒ l ə m ə n /; Hebrew: שְׁלֹמֹה ‎, Shlomoh), also called Jedidiah (Hebrew יְדִידְיָהּ ‎ Yedidyah), was, according to the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament, Quran, and Hadiths, a fabulously wealthy and wise king of the United Kingdom of Israel who succeeded his father, King David. (1 Kings 11:43) Rehoboam selected Shechem as the place of his coronation (B.C. Write Your Own Proverbs - A great activity to learn more about Solomon and have students write their own proverbs ; Fun and Games. (Song of Solomon 2:16) Her exceptional beauty, however, caught the attention of wealthy King Solomon, who tried to win her affections. Scripture clearly records that Solomon had one son, Rehoboam (1 Kings 11:43) and two daughters (1 Kings 4:11,14). Its implied author is King Solomon, and its implied audience is the rulers of the earth. What are some conditional promises? Verse 11. Solomon was a king of Israel, the son of David, renowned for his wisdom. "In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. Once rid of his foes, he established his friends in the key posts of the military, governmental, and religious institutions. In Song of Solomon, Circe supplies Milkman with segments of his family history, so that he may end his search for his family heritage. Throughout this 31-day free Bible study for women, we will explore what went wrong and learn from Solomon's mistakes. I doubt he stopped at 1000. The Kebra Nagast contains a legend that Solomon sired a son with the Queen of Sheba and that she returned to her own land long before this child was born. Discuss this lesson more in depth together. Training and occupation: As a member of the royal court, Solomon would have had access to the best education possible, likely including all types of tutors. Solomon. Cut out, fold in half, and save. For example, God speaks. Sign up for our newsletter to receive your free Bible study E-book of Hebrews. What are characteristics of godly leaders? There is much to learn from these men in the Bible. . Name: Solomon. Solomon was by nature an unwarlike person, and his whole policy was in the direction of peace. Took the time to write out the Proverbs, some of which was learned from his father and written for his sons, Proverbs 4:1-4. Jack Zavada. This week following Mother’s Day I thought it would be timely to look at some biblical characteristics of godly women. Events surrounding birth: While not directly related to his birth, prior to his birth, David stole Bathsheeba from Uriah and then had Uriah killed. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. As mentioned in the Bible, the magnificence of Solomon’s wealth, the splendor of his architecture, his efficiency in running his country like a well-oiled machine, his finely dressed servants, his delectable gourmet food, and his astounding wisdom left the queen of Sheba utterly speechless and awestruck. Solomon built the first temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, a seven-year task that became one of the wonders of the ancient world. However, there are some requests for needs as well such as in verses 37-40 about famine and pestilence. Solomon’s abilities. “I love them and can’t help myself.” And this? See All. We have to be alert and diligent continuously so that we won’t turn away from the Lord. Updated September 11, 2019. Hannah God answered her specific prayer. The story following God’s answer to Solomon’s prayer for wisdom is written to illustrate Solomon’s wisdom in action. He would reside at this temple if they would serve Him faithfully. 2. The Queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame and visited him to test his wisdom with hard questions. God will not judge us based on our knowledge/wisdom, but He will judge us based on how we actually apply that to our lives, our deeds. The Bible depicts Solomon's reign as an era of unprecedented prosperity due to his wisdom, a quality bestowed upon him by God. As king, Solomon faced a lot of responsibilities and needed to make a lot of tough decisions, decisions that would affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. He brought a number of petitions before the Lord for the sake of the whole country. Built the temple during his rule, known as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. We should look at Solomon and others who disobeyed God’s Word in the Bible as a reminder to take sin seriously and to obey all the commands of God. Saul acts as a character foil to David, because his plot to murder David only highlights David’s mercy to Saul in return. Father - King DavidMother - BathshebaBrothers - Absalom, AdonijahSister - TamarSon - Rehoboam, Nehemiah 13:26Was it not because of marriages like these that Solomon king of Israel sinned? Continued worshiping God at the originally Canaanite high places, Deuteronomy 12:1-5, 13-14, 1 Kings 3:3 – These were open air places on the tops of hills or mountains originally used by pagans to sacrifice to their gods. Solomon was probably best known as the king who built the first Jewish Temple around 957 B.C. They generally end in the believer either outright rejecting God or slowly turning away from God by growing cold and giving into various temptations one at a time. Just like Neb in the book of Daniel looked at his great gardens and praised himself for building them. "When Solomon began to rule in Palestine, the central government in Egypt was weak. If you’re wondering where all these decisions led Solomon, just turn the page to 1 Kings chapter 11. This first son of their union died shortly after birth. This biography provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements and timeline. To satisfy his curious mind, Solomon turned to worldly pleasures instead of the pursuit of God. 3 For froward thoughts separate from God: and his power, when it is tried, reproveth the unwise. He would have been trained in the ways of the court and in warfare and in how to run a nation. Solomon was also very wise in setting up the administrative arm of his kingship. Solomon is the perfect case study of why God gave this command/warning originally to the Jews before they even entered the land and why similar commands are repeated throughout Scripture and in the New Testament. He was completely sincere in his request. Also, we have the book of Proverbs largely written by Solomon and Ecclesiastes completely written by him. 2 Samuel 12:24 - 1 Kings 11:43; 1 Chronicles 28, 29; 2 Chronicles 1-10; Nehemiah 13:26; Psalm 72; Matthew 6:29, 12:42. Interesting, considering Solomon’s reign was characterized by peace and stability. But he took the clay from the foundations in order to build the walls. The inevitable happened: They lured King Solomon away from Yahweh into the worship of false gods and idols. A redemptive-historic, covenantal hermeneutic reads the scriptures in the way that Jesus taught His followers to read them- in light of His Person and work. His alternative name was Jedidiah, meaning "beloved of the Lord." Thank you for a indepth look into Solomons character, and some great lessons I will apply to my life. He could not control his lust. Solomon reached the second level of commitment, which is already saying a lot considering how much David loved God. When Christians marry an unbeliever, they can also expect trouble. If we do, we are the ones who give up His blessings the joy we can have in Him. Then, in the early 1960s, some scholars suggested that the Wisdom Literature of the Bible had its own unique voice and theology. After securing peace with his neighbors, he built up trade and became the wealthiest king of his time. God wants to extend His blessings to us, protect us, and have a close relationship with us, but we must obey and follow Him for this to happen. His older advisers (Solomon’s council of state) recommended that he make concessions and win the people; but he took the advice of his contemporaries, to make it clear that he would tolerate no challenge to his authority. Learning Goals: By the end of this session, each learner should be able to. In Proverbs and Ecclesiastes he shares much of this with his sons. Shortly after his birth, the boy received the private name Jedidiah, “beloved of the Lord,” from Nathan, the prophet, who had himself received the name from God (2 Sam 12:24, 25).The name, Solomon, comes from the Heb. Print, cut out, and save your favorite Bible characters. 31-54. It wasn’t a racial or ethnic issue, but a religious one. If we don’t obey God, there are consequences. Apparently, he let his foreign wives worship their native gods and even had altars to those gods built in Jerusalem (1 Kings 11:7–8). What do you think is the cause of this? God is so pleased with Solomon's answer that he gives him wisdom beyond measure as well as riches and honor. If we pray in Jesus’ name, He will answer. All leaders must have God's wisdom. Solomon's daily provisions included 150-280 bushels of fine flour and 300-500 bushels of … Solomon also used forced labor for his building projects. Through the life of David and into the life of her son King Solomon, Bathsheba plays many roles: object of lust, wife, mother, and influential queen. More From This Collection. In the case of his non-Jewish wives and concubines, Solomon allowed lust to rule his heart instead of obedience to God. It is a reminder that following God is not easy. He was also known for his great wisdom and riches. But Solomon saw it through to the end because it was an important project. However the kingdom wasn’t nearly as great or as extensive as it could have been. . Deuteronomy 17:17, 1 Kings 11:1-3 –. Now you can see why the biblical author of 1 Kings 1-10 went into all that detail. Again and again God reminded Solomon to obey and to love Him as David did. Solomon – one of Israel’s kings, whose life is depicted in the Bible’s Old Testament – is known as the wisest man who ever lived, apart from Jesus Christ. I. Notice that these are focused on others, not mostly on himself. Solomon is deeply aware of his inadequacy as a ruler of Israel and asks the Lord for a wise and discerning heart. Text: I Kings 3:5-9. 23,27. By understanding how the Bible was written, we can better understand what the Bible actually is. Nor is it a malicous one. To take the kingship, Solomon had to kill Adonijah and Joab, David's general. He disbanded the above-mentioned foreign legion, the Cherethites and Pelethites, who had done such good service as bodyguard to his father. Transfer and consolidation of the kingdom (1 Kings 1–2). AN INTRODUCTION TO WISDOM AND POETIC LITERATURE A. He set a good example for Israel in prayer to the Lord. Cut him in two!" A good leader is a good administrator. Over his 40-year reign, Solomon did many great things, but he succumbed to the temptations of lesser men. What excuse do you think Solomon might have offered for marrying these women? We should do what Solomon says to do, but not what he does. The Place of Wisdom Literature in the Bible 1. Also, internal evidence points to Solomonic authorship: the geographical locations mentioned in the book imply a unified monarchy, and some details fit well with Solomon’s reign (compare the reference to the horses in Pharaoh’s chariots at 1:9 with 1 Kings 10:28-29). (1 Kings 4:34) Solomon wrote 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs. Each biblical writer gives God human characteristics. Overwhelmed with the responsibility, when God offered him anything in the world, his request was simple, “ Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil” (1 Kings 3:9a). The Bible says that Solomon consolidated his position by liquidating his opponents ruthlessly as soon as he acceded to the throne. Responsible for many other cultural and architectural achievements. In this case, God answered Solomon’s request in a great way, making him the wisest person that has ever existed (apart from Christ who is God). A theological paper on the life of King Solomon, his impact, and his personality as well as his interactions with God. The writer of Proverbs, King Solomon whom Scripture states was the wisest man to ever live, proclaims in this passage that personal righteousness is the most important ingredient — and should be the focus — in order to achieve the advancement of any given nation. The peace a united Israel enjoyed, the massive building projects he headed, and the successful commerce he developed became meaningless when Solomon stopped pursuing God. Samuel, Saul, David and Solomon are a mixed bunch of men, with different personalities, different ambitions and different character traits. The How to Read the Bible series walks through each literary style found in the Bible and explains how each uniquely contributes to the overall story of Scripture. Even dating an unbeliever is playing with fire. The history of King Solomon's reign is found in the Old Testament section of the Christian Bible in the Books of First Kings and Second Chronicles. Solomon, in fact, was living on the achievements and reputation of his father, who laid the basis of security and peace on which the commercial genius of Solomon could raise the magnificent structure which he did. A prince of this family, Sheshonk, whom the Bible calls Shishak, became strong enough to be received on It is hard to be that rich and powerful without focusing on these things and starting to neglect God. Bible Passage: Proverbs The human need this passage meets is: to learn how to lead, exercise power and influence in a godly way. Solomon didn’t ask for any of these things. In addition to these verses, we can also see the results of his wisdom including the establishment of a powerful and rich kingdom, complex alliances, and sophisticated architectural achievements. We have a responsibility to follow God. Building and dedication of the temple (1 Kings 5–8). Solomon Character Bible Study Background and Lessons. It is simply the consequences of sin. When and where he lived: He reigned from approximately 971-931 B.C. 1 Kings 3:10-28, 1 Kings 4:30-34, 5:12, 10:1-10, 10:22-25. Solomon asked God for wisdom and discernment instead of money or fame, 1 Kings 3:6-13 – God basically gives Solomon free reign to make one wish. Form is being submitted, please wait a bit. Firstly, he was in the royal family so his father was often busy fighting wars and governing the kingdom. David’s son and the third king of Israel. In one biblical episode, two women came to him with a dispute. Saul’s inner turmoil over the inscrutability of God’s exacting standards makes him a sympathetic but tragic figure. We do not know how his listeners recognize that it is he who is speaking or what he sounds like, but God certainly embraces the ability to articulate his intentions through the human convention of language. Knowing what is right doesn’t equal doing what is right. There would be many such cases of quabbles between the citizens of his country that needed wisdom to deal with. Only after the temple was built was worshiping God in the high places forbidden. Rehoboam (enlarger of the people), son of Solomon by the Ammonite princess Naamah, (1 Kings 14:21,31) and his successor. By using Learn Religions, you accept our, Israel Tour Pictures: Photo Journal of the Holy Land, Book of Daniel From the King James Version of the Bible, Bathsheba, Mother of Solomon, Wife of King David, Meet Herod the Great: Ruthless Ruler of the Jews, Bathsheba and David: Biblical Romance and Tragedy, Abigail and David - Abigail Was King David's Wisest Wife, M.A., English Composition, Illinois State University, B.S., English Literature, Illinois State University. (1 Kings 11:9-11). Solomon’s flight is a physical demonstration of the liberation that is felt when a person escapes confining circumstances. Keep in mind that wisdom still needs to be put into action. 2 For he will be found of them that tempt him not; and sheweth himself unto such as do not distrust him. It would have been very easy for him to feel like he couldn’t do anything to help or that he could only pray; however, he not only prayed, he also volunteered to help. Most people would wish for money or long life or fame or power. Some of Solomon’s most famous achievements were his building projects, particularly the temple in Jerusalem. Keep in mind that at that time there wasn’t DNA evidence or closed caption video or fingerprinting or other elaborate methods for determining the truth. The Yahwist strand is represented in Genesis 2–16, 18–22, 24–34, 38, and 49; Exodus 1–24, 32, … It is vitally important that we remain accountable throughout our lives both to God’s Word and to mature, trusted friends who can set us back on course when we drift toward the rocks. The Bible tells us that men from all the nations and kings from all over came to hear Solomon's wisdom. The five traits of righteousness that must characterize a nation’s leaders are the same qualities in fact, that serve to exalt a nation. Solomon, the Bible’s Wisest and Worst Ruler Abstract This paper attempts to demonstrate the many insights into successful and unsuccessful leadership that may be derived from the life of King Solomon, who, according to Scripture, was the wisest man who ever lived. Hebrew Wisdom Literature was part of a larger corpus of material with Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and Canaanite-Phoenician influences1 2. Solomon was a man of outstanding gifts and abilities. He was over 800 miles away in the Kingdom of Persia serving as the king’s cupbearer. God gave this command clearly to keep His people from being influenced by the idolatry and cults of other countries. People ask this question because there is no reference to God or the Law in Song of Solomon and it seems explicit in celebrating sexual love. The mother of the dead baby tried to take the living child from the other mother. Solomon wrote 1,005 songs in his lifetime (1 Ki 4:32), but this is the “song of songs” (So 1:1). E-book – If you found this character study helpful, get our Character Studies E-book, with this and 8 different practical lessons on important Bible heroes of the faith. Through the centuries it has been one of the most controversial books in the Bible. Below I seek to outline some of the main characteristics that define who they are. Let's let Solomon's teaching motivate us to grow and improve as a leader. He was the son of David and Bathsheba, the former wife of Uriah the Hittite whom David had killed to hide his adultery with Bathsheba while her husband was on the battle front. She was a beautiful country girl and the principal character in the Bible book called the Song of Solomon. He had over 100,000 people working in the mountains cutting just the right stones. – The doctrine of his prayer was right on. In response to God's invitation to, "ask me for whatever you want," Solomon requests wisdom and knowledge to help him govern the people. Interesting, considering Solomon’s reign was characterized by peace and stability. God was so pleased with the request that he granted it, along with great riches, honor, and longevity (1 Kings 3:11-15, NIV). (Know) Understand the guidelines God gives to leaders. Secondly, his father had many wives and many children. See also Psalm 20:7. We have therefore created a library of almost one thousand (and growing) inductive Bible studies, which are available for free. The Hebrews were a military people and in that consisted their life. Mixing elements of pagan worship with true worship of God would only lead Israel down the road into idolatry. If we confess, He will forgive. Solomon was given almost supernatural wisdom about what is right and what is wrong. What did she do? Solomon. Collectible Bible cards for kids. Give the best to God and whatever is leftover for yourself. Some of Solomon’s most famous achievements were his building projects, particularly the temple in Jerusalem. Meaning of name: Variant of Shalom, means peaceful. He brought in the best engineers on the project. He is always there. He desired to, and did, build a temple for the Lord, a sign of his dedication to serving God, 2 Samuel 7:1-17 esp verses 12-13, 1 Kings 5:1-5, 1 Kings 8:12-21 – In 1 Kings 6:11-13 God promised to be with them conditionally depending on their obedience. Kids and Sunday School Resources. Whether or not we ever get rich, the lesson for us is to give of the best we have to the Lord. Firstly, the Bible says that where your treasure is there will your heart be also. We may be sure David's harem was not without its fierce jealousies. They are also focused on spiritual issues of sin and forgiveness and restoration and deliverance, not primarily physical ones like health or prosperity. Penned much of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. His name means "peaceable." This statement that he loved God as David did is one of the first commentaries on Solomon’s relationship to God. A conspiracy by Solomon's half-brother Adonijah tried to rob Solomon of the throne. Solomon was a man of outstanding gifts and abilities. Solomon set up an organized state in Israel, with many officials to assist him. God gifted him with unsurpassed wisdom, which Solomon squandered by disobeying God's commandments. As wise as Solomon was, God was much wiser. A lot of this instruction is focused on obeying God, pursuing a relationship with God, avoiding worldly temptations, rejoicing in the wife of your youth, avoiding immoral women, worshiping God, etc. Supposedly, he wrote the Book of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon in the Old Testament. This was not a simple or easy project. 4 For into a malicious soul wisdom shall not enter; nor dwell in the body that is subject unto sin. Solomon was their next son. The first place we should look is ourselves. Both claimed to have given birth to the baby. But the other woman said, "Neither I nor you shall have him. He had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. Milkman’s great-grandmother and Solomon’s wife. Solomon was the second son of King David and Bathsheba. The Bible depicts Solomon's reign as an era of unprecedented prosperity due to his wisdom, a quality bestowed upon him by God. Download this Bible character card, and learn about Solomon. King Solomon's Children. 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