History. Week 10 Review
Solomon was the son of David and Bathsheba. He had several older brothers, and was not an obvious candidate for the king over the Israelites. But Nathan the Prophet said to David that Solomon should be the next King. So David made Solomon his co-regent before his death to secure Solomons place as king.
So Solomon became king and God came to him and offers him one wish. Solomon said “You have shown great mercy to David my father and have made me king in his place, now oh Lord let your promise to David my father be established, for you have made me king over people like the dust in multitude” He told God that his greatest wish was for wisdom, for he wished to rule his people well. God was pleased with his answer and granted him wisdom, as well as wealth and power.
There are several stories in the bible that show his wisdom, One of those is about a baby. There were two women that both lived together and both had a baby. In their sleep one of the babies died, so its mother switched the baby with the other one. When they woke up the mother whose baby had died claimed that the one that was alive was hers. The problem was brought to king Solomon. He ordered the baby to be cut in two and that a half should be given to each woman. When he said this, the real mother said to give the baby to the other woman, because she didn’t want her child to die. When she did this Solomon knew that she was the real mother, so he gave her the baby.
Solomon was a great ruler and did many great thing in his life, tho like many men with power he sinned many times.
And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods. But he did not keep what the Lord commanded. Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this has been your practice and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes that I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant. Yet for the sake of David your father I will not do it in your days, but I will tear it out of the hand of your son. However, I will not tear away all the kingdom, but I will give one tribe to your son, for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem that I have chosen.