Ecclesiastes-Wisdom for Living Well- Bible Study. Solomon’s Failures. Lesson 5.                            

Solomon’s Failures.

Verse of the Day:

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.  Psalm 127:1                                                

Please add this verse in your Scripture Journal.  

Today is the final lesson that we will be looking at the author of Ecclesiastes; Solomon.

In Lesson 6 we will begin to learn the book of Ecclesiastes in the Holy Bible.

Solomon was the son of King David.  Solomon was a very wise and wealthy man who was gifted with knowledge from God.  This made Solomon famous and he had more wisdom, wealth, and knowledge than any other King after him.  Solomon oversaw many building projects during his life.  The greatest and most magnificent building was the First Temple, that was built-in Jerusalem.  It was called the House of the Lord.  This was God’s dwelling place here on earth for all of His people;  for around 400 years.  During King Solomon’s life; Israel experienced a period of peace, prosperity, and security. Solomon’s fame spread for many miles,  throughout the Kingdom, and people traveled far to hear his wisdom. (1Kings 4:34).  

Solomon is known for being the author of a major portion of the wisdom literature written in the Old Testament. Solomon wrote the book of Proverbs, the Song of Songs, Psalm 72 , Psalm 127 and finally the book of Ecclesiastes.  

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Even with all of these successes Solomon did experience some failure in his life.  King Solomon did not obey God’s commands that He had for a Kings life.  After all of the blessings God had given Solomon, he failed with wealth and women.  Solomon took his life for granted; and finally becomes aware of what he had done near the end of his life while writing the book of Ecclesiastes.  

Read Deuteronomy 17:16,17.                                             What were three of the laws God had for Israel’s King?

1.  The King shall not multiply horses to himself or cause the people to return to Egypt, ever.  Because the Lord has said to you; “You shall no longer go that way.

2.  Neither shall the King multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away:

3 Neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.

These verses are about God’s rules for being King. 

God says that the King is not allowed to get more horses for himself so that he has too many.  And that he will not make the people travel to Egypt to get more horses for him.  There will be no more going that way. 

The King cannot have multiple wives for himself or turn his heart away from God and His commandments.

 The King cannot have more silver and gold than he needs.  

Solomon violated the Lord’s commands. 

Solomon had horses brought to him out of Egypt, and linen yarn: that the King sold to the merchants.  Solomon had chariots pick up the Kings of Hittites, and the Kings of Syria for a price. And they came to shop, and eat and drink, all for a price.

Solomon made silver in abundance in Jerusalem, so it was as common as stones and cedars, and sycamore trees. 

How many wives did Solomon have? 

King Solomon loved many strange women from all nations.  He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.  Solomon no longer focused on God!                  1 Kings 11:3. 

What happened as a result according to 1Kings 11:4? 

When Solomon got old his wives turned away his heart  for other Gods.
Solomon’s heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, like his father David’s heart was.  David had prayed forgiveness and God gave him another chance.  Solomon did not make the same choice.   Solomon’s life began well,  but because of his sin,
his life did not end very well.  As a result of Solomon’s sin against God, Israel became divided after Solomon’s death.                   1 Kings 11:4.

King Solomon did all of this during his reign as King. He violated all three of God’s commandments  to be a King. 1Kings 10:26-29.

1Kings 11:9-14a Says: 

9) And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned away from the Lord God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice, concerning Solomon not going after other Gods.  Solomon did not keep God’s command.

10) And He had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods.  But Solomon did not keep what the Lord commanded.  

11) Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, “since this has been your practice and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes that I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant.”  

12) Yet for the sake of David your father I will not do it in your days, but I will tear it out of the hand of your son.

13) However, I will not tear away all  of the kingdom; but I will give one tribe to your son, for the sake of David my servant, and for the sake of Jerusalem that I have chosen.  

14) And the Lord raised up an adversary against Solomon.” While King Solomon was in Edom he kept his reputation of being with many women; which resulted in  Hadad the Edomite: he was the King’s seed.  King Solomon’s son.  Surprise!  

God personally appeared to Solomon, and God blessed Solomon greatly. But he could not keep God’s commands.  Solomon failed.  He focused on wealth; luxury; and feasts and wine.  The wisdom God gave Solomon was not used in the way God intended;  instead Solomon sinned his entire life.

 As a result of Solomon’s sin;  Israel would be divided after King Solomon’s death.     

He finally realized that money and items do not bring happiness in this life.  Turning your back on God does not bring happiness.  He writes this down in the book of Ecclesiastes.  God’s guide for living well.

Thank you for joining me for Ecclesiastes Bible Study.

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