I’ve always thought Solomon was an interesting character in the Bible; one of great contrast. So, I’d like to look at the man, his life and his contributions to the world and what we can learn from him. We first learn of Solomon in 2 Sam 12 where Nathan was sent to David to confront him about his illicit affair with Bathsheba. After their child died, verse 24 says that David “comforted his wife Bathsheba and he went to her and lay with her. She gave birth to a son and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved him….”
The next we hear from Solomon, his mother was fighting his cause with an aging David in 1 Kings 1. David took an oath in verse 29 that he would carry out his promise to Bathsheba that Solomon would succeed him on the throne of Israel. The story of Solomon’s succession is described in 1 Ki 2 with David giving his final instructions to Solomon. After Solomon’s throne was firmly established, God spoke to him in ch 3in a dream saying, “Ask for whatever you want Me to give you” and Solomon asked for “a discerning heart to govern Your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.” God’s answer, “because you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will NEVER have been anyone like you, nor will there EVER be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for- both riches and honor- so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings” (emphasis added). Most believe that Solomon was only about 20 years old when he took the throne; he had little experience and he in fact referred to himself as “a little child” in verse 7. The remainder of chapter 3 and chapter 4 discuss Solomon’s wealth and wisdom that God had promised to give him; 4: 30 says, “Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. He was wiser than any other man…”
Some of this information is a repeat of a post, MEANINGLESS?, dated Nov 18, 2017 but I wanted to refresh our memory of Solomon’s beginning so we can have a better understanding of future discussions. It’s obvious that God fulfilled His promises to Solomon, but also to Bathsheba and David and shows us again, that God can and does produce wonders and miracles out of our worst mistakes.