Old Testament
Lesson 26
“King Solomon: Man of Wisdom, Man of Foolishness”


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to use our blessings wisely and to enter the temple worthily.

Scripture references for study:  1 Kings 3; 1 Kings 5–11
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Introduction - Solomon's Rise To Power

Thoughts On George Washington

  1. Here in the United States we will be celebrating the independence of this nation as declared by a few brave men on July 4, 1776. Among those who helped lay the foundations for this great republic was George Washington of Virginia.
  2. WHAT LESSONS MIGHT WE DISCOVER IN THE LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON?
  3. WHAT MIGHT WE DO TO SERVE OUR NATION?

Solomon's Rise To Power

  1. One of the blessings of the U.S. governmental system is a peaceful transition of power.
  2. The Monarchy of ancient Israel validates the correctness of this philosophy of peaceful transition, free elections, and limited terms.
  3. READ 1 KINGS 2:1-3. David's charge to Solomon.

The Lord Blesses Solomon

  1. READ 1 KINGS 3:5-15.  The Lord appears to Solomon in a dream.
  2. IN WHAT SITUATION DID SOLOMON FIRST EXERCISE HIS JUDGMENT?

The Construction Of The Temple

  1. Solomon wrote to Hiram, king of Tyre, "I purpose to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spake unto David my father, saying, Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall build an house unto my name." (1 Kings 5:5)
  2. READ 1 KINGS 6:7. No tools of iron to be heard.
  3. READ 1 KINGS 6:11-13. The Lord's promise to Solomon regarding the temple.
  4. Solomon built his own house or palace (see 1 Kings 7). It was thirteen years under construction and larger than the temple.

Solomon Dedicates The Temple - 1 Kings 8

  1. After seven years of construction, Solomon dedicated the temple.
  2. Solomon's dedicatory prayer (see 1 Kings 8:22-53).
  3. At the end of Solomon's dedicatory prayer he counseled Israel, "Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day" (1 Kings 8:61).
  4. After the dedication of the temple and several days of worship, Solomon "sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the LORD had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people." (1 Kings 8:66)

Solomon Becomes Excessively Wealthy & Marries Non-Israelite Women

  1. Solomon's riches and honor increased after the building of the temple.
  2. READ 1 KINGS 11:1-2. Solomon marries wives of other nations.
  3. READ 1 KINGS 11:11. Solomon to lose his kingdom for not keeping his covenants.
  4. HOW DO YOU THINK THE BLESSINGS OF WISDOM, RICHES AND HONOR CONTRIBUTED TO SOLOMON'S DOWNFALL?
  5. HOW CAN WE ENSURE THAT OUR STRENGTHS DO NOT BECOME A DOWNFALL FOR US?


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

  1. As we view the life of Solomon, we see that the Lord blesses those who seek to serve and honor him. Solomon was blessed with riches and wisdom. He built the temple and dedicated it to the Lord. However, as we often see with those who are blessed with temporal blessings, they are often tempted and give into the "natural man." Solomon, a righteous man, blessed with wisdom, honor, and riches gave into the natural man. Eventually this led to marrying outside of the covenant and the worship of false gods and idols. It is a warning to us to constantly be vigilant. As Elder Oaks stated, we must seek to cultivate humility in our life. Another preventative measure is to live worthy to attend the temple and frequently visit that holy house and serve the Lord.
  2. Record your thoughts on Solomon. How was he blessed? Why did he turn away from the Lord? What lessons can you incorporate in your life from the story of Solomon?


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