King Solomon is dubbed the wisest man that ever lived. The story is that of legends. His dad David was once the ruler of Jerusalem. Solomon states that God appeared to him in a dream and stated to him “ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Instead of asking for “money, fame, health, lust, love, or material possessions,” King Solomon asked for wisdom, in particular he said specifically: Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
He basically asked God to give him the wisdom to know right from wrong, to know good from bad, and to judge the people with a pure heart. This led to the famous situation that many people know of today and has been seen as a cameo in various movies where two prostitutes who each believed the ownership of a baby to be theirs, to solve this dispute, King Solomon said “cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.” One woman agreed, whereas the other cried out of compassion stating to give the other lady the baby as she’d rather see the baby live than killed. At that point, King Solomon stated to give the living baby to the woman who cried out of compassion, for that is the baby’s mother.
This wisdom led King Solomon down a road of great riches. Even though he didn’t ask God to be rich, people began to show up to ask for the wisest man in the world’s advice, and were willing to give up everything from gold, land, and other material possessions. In today’s money, King Solomon would have been worth over a trillion dollars.
However with great power comes great responsibility, and if this responsibility is not used correctly, it can lead to negative power. As much as King Solomon was known for his great wisdom, he was not ready for the power that came with it. He married many women for sheer lust (around seven hundred), began to sin, and began to disobey the same God who thrust this great wisdom upon him. As a result, Solomon’s kingdom of Israel was burned with fire.
As the story goes, God was angry with Solomon, and for him to learn his lesson, he stated that he will take the kingdom away from Solomon, but not in his days for the sake of his father, but in his son’s days.
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