"The LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you.' [Solomon answered],'Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. [The LORD answered], 'I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.'"
– I Kings 3: 5, 7, 9, 12 (NIV)
It was his first major test as king. The eyes of the nation were watching nervously to see if King Solomon,this new, young leader, could measure up to the high standards set byhis beloved father, King David. The dilemma was this: two mothersclaimed one baby. An innocent life depended on King Solomon’s sensibledecision. The answer he received from the Lord and thus carried outproved that the Lord blessed him with more wisdom than any other king!
The biblical story of King Solomon, (an emotional Old Testament account), escorts viewers into his very throne room, where we see one of the wisest men who ever lived in action! Use this 30-minute, animated Bible video to teach about wisdom and trust in God.
A few, interesting facts: Solomon’s name is derived from the Hebrew word shalom and means "peace," "complete," or "prosperous." The name given by God to Solomon is Jedidiah, meaning "friend of God" or "beloved of Yahweh." (Solomon’s case is one of the few in the Bible where the name given by God is not recorded as staying with the character). Solomon was King David’s thirteenth son. His mother was Bathsheba.
King David and Bathsheba, their sons Solomon and Adonijah; the Priests; the two women and the childScriptural References:
2 Samuel 12:24, I Kings 1:5-53, I Kings 3:5-28, I Kings 4:29-33, I Kings 5:3-5, I Kings 6:1-38, I Kings 7:15-53 & I Kings 11:42-43Overall Theme:
Solomon’s wisdom comes from God. Solomon puts his faith in God, and God gives the great King the power to understand human nature, the power to make judgments with great wisdom and the courage to stand up for his belief in God’s will. Summary:
The dilemma was two mothers both laying claim to one baby. Lives depended on Solomon’s excruciating decision. What he decided raised the bar of what it means to judge righteously.
King David was renowned for his wisdom. On his deathbed, he anoints his younger son, Solomon, to be King of Israel. Solomon’s older brother, Adonijah feels he should be King instead, and tries to wrest away the crown. Solomon displays God-given wisdom and courage confronting his brother, saying he will not live in fear as King, so Adonijah can either kill his brother or accept that Solomon is King. Faced with Solomon’s courage, his brother says he will obey God’s will.
Solomon prays to God for the wisdom of King David, confiding, “I feel no wiser than a little child.” The Lord appears to Solomon and tells him, “Solomon, because thou asked for wisdom to do good, and not for personal gain, I will give you a wise and understanding heart. Behold, there shall be none wiser than you.”
Solomon’s wisdom is soon put to the test when two women appear at his court. Both claim to be the mother of a small infant. Solomon calls for a sword and orders that the child be cut in two. “Give each mother one half,” he declares.
One woman does nothing, saying she is obeying the order of the King. The other woman cries out that she lied about being the mother and begs the King to spare the child and give it to the first woman. Realizing that a true mother will do anything to save the life of her child, Solomon gives the child to the second woman.
From every nation they come to seek the wisdom of Solomon, and the greatness of Israel is increased. Solomon lives for many years and, to show his gratitude, builds a great temple to God’s glory.Background:
Wisdom always demands courage. Fortunately, these gifts from God come together. God tells us that He will bless us with the strength we need, if we come to him as Solomon did – as a child – and put our complete trust in Him.BONUS Resource & Activity Books
Each interactive DVD includes a 48-page Resource & Activity Book full of skill-developing activities, word games, puzzles, coloring pages, and more! Provides hours of fun and learning for the entire family! The special "Certificate of Achievement" located in the back of the book serves as an excellent award your child can display after completing the activities.
DVD Chapter Index:
- King David’s Wisdom
- Adonijah Devises a Plan to Become King
- Solomon Anointed King
- Asa Perishes at War
- Asa’s Widow Receives Room and Board
- Solomon Receives Royal Training
- Two Babies are Born
- Solomon Asks the Lord for Wisdom
- Live Baby Stolen
- Solomon Judges
- Solomon Hears and Judges Women
- Two Women Present Their Case
- Solomon Tries the Case with Wisdom from the Lord
- "The Wisdom of Solomon"
Principles and Values Taught in This Video
Wisdom, Inspiration, Judgment, Obedience, Righteous Judgment, and Trust in God.