1Kings 3:1 – 4:34 – The Wisdom of Solomon – David Hill

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Theme sentence: Solomon needed God’s wisdom in order to rule God’s way.

Aim sentence: We all desperately need God’s wisdom if we want to live God’s way in this world.

Seek wisdom (3:1–15)

In obedience to his father’s spiritual charge Solomon walks in obedience to God by asking for wisdom to discern how best to rule.

Use wisdom (3:16–27)

We see Solomon’s wisdom on display as he administers justice in the case of the smothered baby.

Rule with wisdom (4:1–20)

We see Solomon’s wisdom on display as he sets up a sophisticated system of government. As a result, God’s people really start to enjoy God’s blessing.

Spread wisdom (4:21–34)

We see Solomon’s wisdom on display as he grows his territory and his international reputation. His wisdom from God becomes world famous.

All God’s covenant promises seem to be being fulfilled.

Seeds of foolishness

Sadly though, throughout this story we see little seeds of folly. Solomon loves God but it would seem that it is not with ALL his heart, soul, mind and strength.

Now what?

This section is highlighting how vital God’s wisdom is for his people. Solomon desperately needed it and so do all of us.

Proverbs 22:15 says that “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child”. If we’re honest it is bound up in all of our hearts. We desperately need God’s wisdom, and in Christ that is what we have. (Colossians 2:3)


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