Sunday School Material 7-15-12: Solomon Judges with Wisdom and Justice


(I Kings 3:16-28; II Chronicles 9:8; 7/15/12)

Introduction: A key idea in today's Sunday School material is that God gave Solomon wisdom, and Solomon used it for God’s purposes. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to appreciate God’s giving wisdom and seek to use it for God’s glory.

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Body:

Read II Kings 3:16-22

I. Explaining a Dilemma. Two prostitutes appear before the king. One woman says that her son has been stolen by the other. And worse than that, the stolen son is replaced by a corpse. The accused denied the claims.

Applications –

- Justice for all. Notice in vs. 16 of our Sunday School material that even though the women were prostitutes, they had access to a system of wisdom and justice. There are too many who behave as if the moral and spiritual flaws of people somehow excuses the society from administering wise justice.

As prostitution was and is sin, homosexuality was and is sin. As the prostitutes deserved wise justice, we should insure that all in the community receive wise justice. There are people being released from prison, others are who are HIV positive, and the list could go on who still deserve wise justice.

Let’s be an advocate for wise justice being administered to all. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was right, when he said that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

- Trusting God in the time of grief. Notice in vss. 19-22 both the tragedy of the baby’s death and the mother’s wicked response. The sudden and tragic death of a baby can be so disturbing. We just have to believe that God sees and is somehow working things out.

As in the text, there are those who make bad decisions and sometimes wicked decisions, during the time of grief. Someone reading these notes may recall how the distribution of someone’s estate was handled with wickedness or how words were spoken with such wicked intentions, during a period of grief.

Let’s work on trusting God, even in the distressing hour of grief. Our trusting God is shown more in how we behave than in what we say.

- Taking our children’s case before the King of kings. Notice in vs. 22 that the mother of the living child took her case to the king. Allow the Pastor to reach beyond the immediate context and urge all of us to take the case of our children’s well-being to the King of kings.

Some parent knows that there is still power in praying and talking to God about our children. Not only parents, but all who are in the community should pray for the children, because we are all in this thing together. Let’s work on taking the case of our children to the King of kings – God.

Read II Kings 3:23-28

II. Exercising Wisdom. The king rehearses the main ideas. He calls for a sword to cut the baby in half. The woman who pleaded for the baby’s life is declared the real mother. Word spread about how the king was endowed with wisdom from God.

Applications –

- Understanding before moving. Notice in vs. 23 that King Solomon rehearsed or summarized the key ideas, before moving forward. It is so important to make sure you understand the key issues, before you move forward. This is especially the case for those who have been entrusted with authority to act on behalf of a community or group.

Let’s make sure we understand the key issues, before we make a move. Some of the things that we thought we heard or understood may not be what was said or what was intended. Especially when people are excited, they tend to say words that they really don’t mean.

- Reputation of being wise and just. Notice in vss. 24-27 that King Solomon was known for having wisdom and administering justice. He was known for knowing how to use knowledge and managing the systems that were designed to insure that people were treated right.

Every believer should strive to be a person of wisdom and justice. We should learn how to use knowledge. And we should work on treating people right. It is a tragic situation, when we are good for Sunday morning emotionalism but not wisdom and justice.

Let’s work on being people of wisdom and justice. And it goes without saying that when we are involved in leadership selection, we should be looking for people who have a track record of wisdom and justice.



Read II Chronicles 9:8

III. Exalting Wisdom’s Source. The Queen of Sheba commends Solomon for being a man of so much godly wisdom. She talks about how God is obviously involved in Solomon’s wisdom and administration of justice and righteousness. God’s love of Israel has much to do with why Solomon is given so much wisdom.

Applications –

- Receiving and abiding by God’s wisdom. Notice in vs. 8 of our Sunday School material that the Queen of Sheba acknowledged the God loved Israel so much that He gave Solomon the great wisdom for which he was known.

First, we should thank God that God loves us so much that He provides what we need and so much of what we want. Included on the list of what God provides are leaders to whom He has given wisdom and courage.

Second, we should remember that God is the giver of every good and perfect gift. If it were not for God, Solomon would not have been wise. But with God, God can make whomever He chooses to be wise.

Consequently, we should pray for both God’s granting of wisdom to our leaders and for our leaders to accept and abide by the wisdom that God supplies. Let’s thank God for supplying wisdom and pray for our leaders to accept and abide by it.

Conclusion: Let’s work on appreciating God’s wisdom and using it for God’s glory. God has much for those who obey His will.


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