After the most dedicated king of Israel died came his son Solomon as many of us know was the wisest and richest king (because he was able to ask for nothing else but wisdom when he was asked what he wanted by God) in his time. It was he who built the temple of God because his father’s hands were soiled with blood. It was he who was known to have 700 wives and 300 concubines; I wonder how he managed them on the daily basis.
The little studies from my Bible makes me understand that it was during his time that Israel never went to war, there was absolute peace during his reign as king. Some may say his father, David, fought all his battles for him before he died. But I believe the explanation lies in the fact that, the wisdom he had from God was duly utilized. He made sure he was at peace with all the surrounding kingdoms; he made treaties with them through trade, marriage and etc.
If I want to be controversial a little, just a little, I would say he abused the wisdom he received from God. I believe because he had all the wisdom in this world, so to speak, he never consulted any prophet of God in his time (I wonder if there was any). You can help me by pointing out the name of just one prophet who ministered to King Solomon. I can’t say for sure if he banished all the prophets or something but there wasn’t any prophet in King Solomon’s administration officials and none was mentioned anywhere near the King. [(1Kings 4:1-7)] 1 So King Solomon was king over all Israel. 2 And these were the princes which he had; Azariah the son of Zadok the priest, 3 Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder. 4 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the host: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests: 5 And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers; and Zabud the son of Nathan was principal officer, and the king’s friend: 6 And Ahishar was over the household: and Adoniram the son of Abda was over the tribute. 7 And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, which provided victuals for the king and his household: each man his month in a year made provision.
The point I’m trying to make is, King Saul had Samuel to correct him whenever he erred, David had Nathan when he deviated but Solomon never had somebody to say to him “Hey King, you can’t marry from such and such a clan because God says so”. He acted on the enormous wisdom he had and latter landed in trouble, creating adversaries for Israel after his death. The Bible tells us that, the many wives he married from the many nations turned his heart to the unknown gods that God didn’t want his children to be associated with. Solomon indeed used the wisdom he received to acquire for himself fame, riches and even SIN. It is true when people say ‘power corrupts but absolute power corrupts absolutely’.
Solomon earned himself a ride down the drain; he did not require a Prophet of God to guide him because he had it all, WISDOM. God became angry at him and pronounced a curse upon his beloved nation which took effect after the demise of the wise King. [(1Kings 11:9-13)] 9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, 10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded. 11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. 12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father’s sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son. 13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake which I have chosen.
Perhaps I may seem to be judging the King but it’s far from that. I’m only trying to draw the attention of everybody that, it is not about wisdom alone, we all need somebody to keep us in check. In the times of Solomon, he needed a prophet of God, but in our time I believe it is the Holy Spirit we need. When we are able to heed to whatever He whispers into our hearts we shall never falter nor err.
May the person of the Holy Spirit be real and closer to us each and every day.