SOLOMON’S WISDOM: 1Kg 3:3-28; 4:29-34; 5:1-12; 8:1-53
Solomon, son of David, succeeded his father. He loved the Lord and walked in the statutes of his father. He went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices. While he was there, God appeared to him in a dream. God asked him to request for any particular gift from him. Solomon requested from God an understanding mind to enable him judge and govern the people of Israel wisely.
Note this quotation: “Gibe thy servant therefore an understanding mind to govern the people that I may discern between good and evil”.
God gave Solomon wisdom and richness and honour.
Solomon’s wisdom was put to test when two harlots quarreled over the ownership of a surviving child. In the account, Solomon ordered the living child to be sane into two equal parts and each part to be given to the two women who claimed ownership of the living child.
The woman who was the real mother of the living child preferred to preserve the life of the child even if the child was given to the false claimant. The other woman was very happy over Solomon’s decision. Solomon then judge rightly that the child belonged to the mother who was anxious to preserve the child’s life. The people hailed Solomon because the wisdom of God was in him.
Solomon was believed to have said about 3,000 proverbs. He built a temple and the Ark of the covenant was brought to the inner sanctuary.