I'm back after a couple days hiatus. Life is a little crazy right now--waiting on job offers, moving, etc.
Solomon takes a wife. God really likes him and tells him to ask for whatever he wants and it will be granted--Solomon, in all humbleness, knows that he is young and naive and asks for wisdom and discernment. Because he did not ask for riches or victory over his enemies, God not only gives him wisdom, but the riches and fame as well-what a great deal!
Solomon gets his first chance to awe the land with his wisdom when approached by two prostitutes. Both women had sons--one woman rolled over on hers in the middle of the night and killed hers so she swapped babies to make the other woman think she killed her son. The two bring their case to Solomon and his solution is simple--cut the baby in two and give each woman half. One woman cried for mercy and that the live baby be given to the other woman--she was granted the baby because only the mother would react this way.
We end with a final Psalm from David asking mercy and justice to be bestowed upon his son and new king. What a great final blessing and way to close out his life--asking God that Solomon receive nothing but goodness from life and that he rule with wisdom and fairness.
Solomon's wisdom is described as unmatched throughout history. There was never a man as wise as him to that day, and no man will ever be as wise as him. People came from all over just to hear him speak...what an amazing blessing! I thought David was my favorite, but Solomon just might take his place :)
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