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LET’S GET REAL!

What they didn’t teach you about Solomon in Sunday School.

Most of us know just a little bit about Solomon. We know that he was David’s son and that he was blessed with an incredible mind of wisdom. But there are a lot of things about him that don’t get taught to us in Sunday school. Below is a list of five things that your Sunday school teacher probably didn’t tell you.

⦁ He had an alternative name. His other name was Jedidiah which means “beloved of the Lord.”

Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her, and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. And the Lord loved him 25 and sent a message by Nathan the prophet. So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord. 2 Samuel 12:14-25

⦁ He had some intense sibling rivalry! Maybe you thought you and your siblings had some tough rivalries, but Solomon’s rivalry was deadly. Here is how it played out… his brother Adonijah contested Solomon’s appointment of becoming Israel’s third king, and not long after being anointed king, Solomon ordered Adonijah’s death. It sounds harsh, and of course it is, but Solomon knew that his brother would likely never stop grasping for power and the throne.

[King Solomon swore] “…Adonijah shall be put to death today.” 25 So King Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and he struck him down, and he died. 2 Kings 2:24-25

⦁ He really liked to build stuff. One of his earliest building projects was the construction of the temple. The project required a massive amount of resources to complete! The work force was comprised of 80,000 stone-cutters, 70,000 common laborers, and 3,300 foremen. It took seven years to complete the project. While the time and effort given to build the temple is admirable, we gain an insight into his lack of character in that Solomon spent almost twice as much on building his own house.

Solomon also had 70,000 burden-bearers and 80,000 stone-cutters in the hill country, 16 besides Solomon’s 3,300 chief officers who were over the work, who had charge of the people who carried on the work. 1 Kings 5:15-16

⦁ He was a seriously gifted poet and writer. Solomon wrote 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs. Additionally he wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, most of Proverbs and selections of the Psalms.

He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. 1 Kings 4:32

⦁ He made some big mistakes. Not all that unlike a few well known political leaders of today, Solomon’s biggest misjudgments involved over taxing the people, and an out-of-control desire to hook-up with women.

He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. 1 Kings 11:3

Conclusion: My hope is that these insights into Solomon’s life inspire you to get into God’s Word and discover the kind of people who God used throughout history. You’ll discover our Bible heroes to be relatable. They have all of our same temptations, habits and hang-ups. Yet to our Heavenly Father, they’re still Jedidiah, people He loves and gives grace to.

Therefore keep on entrusting your life into His care and you’ll overcome your sibling rivalries, build awesome things for God’s glory (i.e., family, friends, and ministries), receive His wisdom on how to succeed through life’s challenges, and receive abundant grace to make the rest of your life the best of your life.

Bobby Key

Senior Pastor of The Gathering Place

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After studying Biblical Theology at Life Pacific College he was mentored at The Highlands Church in Palmdale by Pastor Ken Hart. Bobby is passionate about bringing people to Jesus and teaching the Bible in ways that really connect with people. On his days off you can find him skateboarding, hanging out with his wife/BFF Becky, and playing with his one year old daughter Bella.

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Have you ever heard of Caleb? He’s was kind of like an Israeli William Wallace from Braveheart, except he doesn’t die in the end scene. He just keeps on being unstoppable and winning battles – even as a senior citizen! Let me put it this way, it wouldn’t surprise me if Chuck Norris has the ribbon in his Bible placed at Caleb’s story.

Men today need to read up on Caleb. We need to see a different kind of hero than we typically find in sports magazines or movie characters. So many heroes for men today are egomaniacs. Others are wealth obsessed. I mean how many celebrity scandals of rape, spousal abuse, or brawling have we heard of just this year? A LOT!  

Do you know what happens when you fill your mind with visions of men as being egomaniacs, wealth-obsessed and violent? Answer: We become more and more of all those destructive things. The solution is to purposefully seek out heroes who did life right in the eyes of God, heroes like Caleb. 
The secret to Caleb’s heroic life is found in the small details the Bible records about him, we’ll refer to them as Caleb Characteristics. As you mull over these characteristics, prayerfully consider if they are things you’re being intentional about maintaining in your own life.

Five Caleb Characteristics:

#1 – Leadership among family (see Numbers 13:2)

#2 – Grit amidst adversity (see Numbers 13:28-31 and Joshua 14:6-9)

#3 – Outlook of faith (see Numbers 13:30)

#4 – Integrity in lifestyle (see Joshua 14:8)

#5 – Hope for the future (see Joshua 14:12)

What are your personal strengths and weaknesses from the list? What might it take to strengthen some of your weaker areas over the next few weeks? I’d like to encourage you to make a character strengthening plan which focuses on no more than two areas at a time. Then begin the plan ASAP. I’ll help you get started … First, pray for God’s help in developing that characteristic every morning before you leave the house. Second, mention your plan to a friend who will encourage you along the way.

Leadership, grit, outlook, integrity, and hope – that’s a recipe to a heroic life! It worked for Caleb and with God’s help it’ll work for you too. So go for it!

Bobby Key