Read: 1 Kings 4:20-34
Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt. (v. 21)
As we consider the life of Solomon, it’s important to understand what an important character he is in Scripture. When you realize how much of the Old Testament is dedicated to his story—11 chapters in 1 Kings, 13 chapters in 1 and 2 Chronicles—you understand that’s a sizable biography. Also, the authorship of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon are traditionally attributed to Solomon, which is a lot of Bible “real estate” indeed!
But Solomon is important for other reasons. Considered the wisest man in the world, he was king during Israel’s Golden Age, when the nation’s borders were enlarged, and the people lived in peace. Israel was both rich and powerful, and the center of worship for the one true God—for the entire world! Solomon, as a type of Christ, also shows us a “glimpse” of what Christ’s reign over the nations will be like one day. God’s glory filling Solomon’s temple speaks to the day when God himself will be in the midst of his people for all eternity.
Finally, Solomon’s story reminds us we must persevere in the faith, as his shocking sin and the destruction it brings to the kingdom is unparalleled in Scripture. He began so well and ended so badly—and it’s advisable to consider his folly. There is much to learn from the story of Solomon. —Laura N. Sweet
As you pray, ask God for understanding and blessing as you consider the life of Solomon.