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Summary: The story that we are most familiar with in Solomon’s life is that of his asking for wisdom from God. Not only did God grant Solomon’s request for wisdom but also gave him power, riches, fame, and prosperity. Solomon had all that a man could ask for in th

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Intro: The story that we are most familiar with in Solomon’s life is that of his asking for wisdom from God (I Kgs. 3:5-11). Not only did God grant Solomon’s request for wisdom but also gave him power, riches, fame, and prosperity. Solomon had all that a man could ask for in this life. But was he really happy after all?

I. THE BLESSINGS & ACHIEVEMENTS OF KING SOLOMON

A. He was the son of King David by Bathsheba.

B. He was charged of building a magnificent temple for God.

C. He had fame among the nations (I Kgs. 4:31).

D. He possessed expertise in many fields (I Kgs. 4:32-34).

E. He wrote Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon.

F. He was the richest and wisest king (I Kgs. 10:23, 27).

G. He had great military strength (I Kgs. 10:26).

II. THE TRAGEDIES & FAILURES OF KING SOLOMON

A. He had 700 wives and 300 concubines which turned away his heart after other gods (I Kgs. 11:1-4).

B. He concluded in the end that all that the world could offer was mere vanity and cannot satisfy a man (Eccl. 1:2).

C. He thought that his own wisdom could make him happy, but this was vanity (Eccl. 1:16-18).

D. He thought that pleasure and merriment could satisfy him, but this was vanity (Eccl. 2:1-2).

E. He thought that food and wine could please him, but this was vanity (Eccl. 2:3).

F. He thought that wealth could content him, but this was vanity (Eccl. 5:10).

G. In essence Solomon is saying to us, “I’ve done it all and there is only one thing that is constant and upon which you can depend your entire life.” “Fear God and keep his commandments?.” (Eccl. 12:13).

CONCLUSION: The wisdom that is from God is more valuable than the most precious substances on earth (Prov. 16:16). The life of Solomon is both of great accomplishment and great tragedy. Solomon’s life began with great purpose, but it was led astray and ultimately destroyed. This was by Jesus when He warned in Mark 8:36-37, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”


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Bob Hawk

commented on Aug 19, 2012

If you read 1 Kings 11:1-4, you will find that the 700 wives and 300 concubines (point I. H.) was not a "blessing and achievement, but rather a tragedy and failure. It is, first of all, against the plan of God as given in the beginning (Gen. 2:24). Secondly, the passage says that his wives "turned his heart after other gods." How sad that his Godly wisdom was not seen in his own life.

Rodelio Mallari

commented on May 15, 2014

You are right in your observation, brother. Thus, Point I-H has now been properly placed as II-A. Thank you for commenting. I bid you Godspeed!

Richard Scotland

commented on Jul 24, 2014

A very helpful and time-saving list! Thanks for sharing this.

Enjoy Life

commented on Sep 24, 2014

Very nice article, thanks

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