37 Solomon is wise

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from 1 Kings 3:9.

Do you ever squabble with your brothers and sisters or with friends? What do you argue about?

When a grown-up tries to settle your arguments, is it easy to know who was right?

What does it mean to be “wise”? It’s more than being clever or knowing things – but what words would you use to describe someone who is “wise”?

Would you be pleased if someone said you were wise?

 

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The story so far…

David was king for 40 years and God said that he was “the kind of person who pleases me most” (Acts 13:22). David had many sons, and some of them tried to become the next king – by fighting. But God had already decided who would be the most suitable king: Solomon. Before he died, David passed on a lot of good advice to Solomon. The most important ones were to walk in God’s ways and keep his rules.

After he became king, Solomon went to pray to God…

Now read 1 Kings 3:16–28 together.

 

What happened next…

Solomon listened to his father’s last words and to God, but he did not always remember them or act according to them. A lot of the things that he did were only almost what God had asked from him. Later, that would cause trouble for him and for God’s people.

But God had not chosen Solomon to be king because he was perfect. Solomon was great as king, and he was very wise. The Bible has a book that is full of proverbs and in it we find a lot of wisdom from Solomon. (See Challenge 9.)

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 54 together.

 

 

Did you know…?

Wisdom Solomon asked God for the gift of wisdom. God was pleased and made him the richest king as well as the wisest.

The Queen of Sheba She came from Arabia to visit Solomon because she had heard that he was wise.

Wealth Solomon had 500 golden shields. He sat on a golden throne and used golden cups and plates. He owned a huge fleet of ships, 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horses!

Many wives Solomon married hundreds of women. He began to worship their gods and, in the end, turned away from God.

 

Try it out

Every day we make choices to see and do things God’s way – or our way. Think of an everyday situation in which you have a choice to make. (For example: “A new child joins your class – how do you treat them?” or “You have been chosen to play in a football team, but the time of the match means that you can’t go to church – what do you do?”)

Make up two mini-plays about this situation, one in which you choose to see things God’s way and one in which you choose to see things your own way.

Show your two plays to your Bible Coach (you could act them out or use puppets).

When this sort of situation happens, what do you really do? Chat with your Bible Coach about making good choices and wise decisions.

 

 

Talk to God

Solomon asked God to make him wise. What will you ask God to do for you today?

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