Bible Stories for Adults

Solomon's Wisdom

1 Kings 1-4, 10

Welcome and Announcements
    Next Week - Solomon Builds the Temple (1 Kings 5-9)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 1:7

Opening Prayer

David's Would-Be Successors (2 Samuel)
    Who were David's first six sons and heirs apparent to the throne?
      2 Samuel 3:2-5
    What other sons did David have after he moved to Jerusalem?
      2 Samuel 5:13-16
    Were these many wives and concubines blessing from God for the king?
      Deuteronomy 17:16-17

    What happened to Amnon, the oldest?
      2 Samuel 13:28-29,32
    What happened to Absalom, the next in line (assuming Kileab had died)?
      2 Samuel 18:9, 14-15

Will The Real King Please Stand Up (1 Kings 1:5-10)
    Who decided it was time to become king when David grew old?
      1 Kings 1:1, 5
    Who had taken this same approach to present himself as the king?
      2 Samuel 15:1
    Did David stop Adonijah before things got out of hand?
      1 Kings 1:6

    What support did Adonijah acquire for his kingship?
      1 Kings 1:7-10
    Where did Adonijah get the idea to gather VIPs and offer a sacrifice to begin his kingship?
      2 Samuel 15:11-12

David's God-Appointed Successor (1 Kings 1)
    Who had God appointed to be David's successor?
      1 Chronicles 22:7-10
    Who remembered God's appointment and devised a plan to make Solomon king?
      1 Kings 1:11, 13-14

    Did David remember God's appointment and his promise to Bathsheba?
      1 Kings 1:29-30, 33-35
    How did Adonijah respond to what had happened?
      1 Kings 1:49-51
    How did Solomon respond to Adonijah's plea?
      1 Kings 1:52-53

Solomon's Throne is Established (1 Kings 2)
    What request did Adonijah make that showed his intentions?
      1 Kings 2:13, 17
    Who was Abishag?
      1 Kings 1:1-4
    What was evil about Adonijah's request?
      2 Samuel 16:20-22
    How did Solomon respond to the request?
      1 Kings 2:22-25

    How did Solomon treat Abiathar, the priest who had sided with Adonijah?
      1 Kings 2:26-27

    What did Joab do when he heard what happened to Adonijah?
      1 Kings 2:28
    How did Solomon respond to Joab's action?
      1 Kings 2:31-35

    What other left-over business had David left with Solomon?
      1 Kings 2:5-9 (see 2 Samuel 16:5-13; 19:18-23)
    Did Solomon call for Shimei's death?
      1 Kings 2:36-38
    How did Shimei change his own situation?
      1 Kings 2:39-42
    How did Solomon handle this, and what was the result of Solomon's actions in 1 Kings 2?
      1 Kings 2:46

Solomon's Faithfulness (1 Kings 3:3-4)
    What were David's last words to Solomon before he died?
      1 Kings 2:1-4
    How did Solomon attempt to follow David's guidance and example?
      1 Kings 3:3-4
    What was wrong about Solomon offering sacrifices on the high places?
      Numbers 33:52
    Why was Gibeon the most important high place?
      1 Chronicles 21:29

Solomon's Dream (1 Kings 3:5-15)
    What did Solomon dream about at Gibeon?
      1 Kings 3:5, 7-9
    Did God grant his wish?
      1 Kings 3:10-14
    How did Solomon show his response in faith after this dream at Gibeon?
      1 Kings 3:15

Solomon Uses His Gift (1 Kings 3:16-28)
    What was Solomon's first occasion to use his wisdom?
      1 Kings 3:16-22
    How did Solomon resolve this impossible dilemma?
      1 Kings 3:24-27
    What did people think about Solomon's unorthodox action?
      1 Kings 3:28

Solomon's Wisdom (1 Kings 4)
    How extensive was the wisdom with which God blessed Solomon?
      1 Kings 4:29-34
    What were some examples of Solomon's great wisdom?
      1 Kings 4:32-34

    According to Solomon, how valuable is wisdom?
      Proverbs 3:13-18
    Where do wisdom and knowledge come from?
      Proverbs 1:7
    What should you do if you feel you are lacking wisdom?
      James 1:5

Solomon's Fame (1 Kings 10)
    How far did word of Solomon's wisdom spread?
      1 Kings 10:1
    Was Solomon able to answer the queen's hard questions?
      1 Kings 10:3, 6-7
    How did Solomon's wisdom & fame help his call of Blessed to be a Blessing?
      1 Kings 10:8-9

Solomon's Wealth (1 Kings 10)
    What gifts did the Queen of Sheba give to Solomon?
      1 Kings 10:10
    What was Solomon's annual gold income (besides import taxes & tributes)?
      1 Kings 10:14-15
    How extravagant did things become for Solomon?
      1 Kings 10:21, 27
    How much of a trader and merchant was Solomon?
      1 Kings 9:26-28
      1 Kings 10:22
      1 Kings 10:28-29
    How else did Solomon accumulate wealth?
      1 Kings 10:23-25

Solomon's Peace (1 Kings 4)
    How extensive was Solomon's kingdom?
      1 Kings 4:21, 24
    How peaceful was life during Solomon's reign?
      1 Kings 4:20, 25

Closing Prayer

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