Sunday School Lesson on King Solomon Topic Discussion



1.Share a time in your life when you received either really good or really bad advice. What lesson did this teach you about wisdom?
This question will get the class thinking in practical terms about the importance of wisdom and where that wisdom often comes from. Try to get one or two people to share life stories about words of wisdom that spared them from negative consequences. Likewise, the class may profit from some negative stories (perhaps starting with the teacher!) of bad advice they received, perhaps from friends during the teenage years.
2.What are some ways that the world defines wisdom? Which of these are compatible with Christianity and which are not? Why?
Worldly wisdom presents itself in many ways: IQ scores, college degrees, street smarts, commonsense, etc. These may be valuable to the Christian in varying degrees, provided that they are undergirded with a denim to honor God.
Solomon proclaims that, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7). Every quest for knowledge, wisdom, and instruction most stand on this foundation. Wisdom most include leading people to know and worship the one true God, embracing His priorities.
3. First Kings 3:11 lists some things that Solomon could have asked for. Why is wisdom so far superior to anything else, both then and now?
It’s been said that what will be our undoing in any endeavor or project are the things that “we don’t know that we don’t know.” Say that I am building a house. I realize that electrical codes exist, but I don’t know what those codes are specifically. Since that’s something that “I know that I don’t know,” I can solve the problem with a bit of research. That’s quite different from being totally ignorant to the idea that electrical codes even exist. That would be a case of something that “I don’t know that I don’t know.” What dangerous situation!
It’s wisdom that will keep us out of the “don’t know what we don’t know” situations. It would-be natural for an ancient king to request military power or to pray for protection from jealous brothers who might like to have him assassinated. Wisdom is better because it provided Solomon a sense of discernment concerning the real need or threat in such areas.
Solomon’s request for wisdom also demonstrated a humility that all leaders should have before God. The request also showed that Solomon had the people’s needs in mind above his own. Each of these is a superior quality in a leader, especially one on David’s throne.
4.God gave Solomon more than he asked for. Do you think that those who seek and practice the wisdom of God are also blessed with earthly rewards? Why, or why not?
We can agree that this is true, while acknowledging obvious exceptions. When Israel kept the law, they experienced better health, inure productive economies, and ethical, safe communities and families. In Ephesians 6:2 Paul quotes the Fifth Commandment: “Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” When we live according to God’s plans and priorities, we can experience many earthly benefits in health, security, honor, etc., even though those things are not our main focus.
5.Why do you think wisdom is so hard to attain? What are the obstacles to acquiring it in our world today?
One obvious problem is that we are too busy to read our Bibles. It is in His Word that God gives us wisdom, but we simply do not take time to fill our minds with His thoughts. Instead, we succumb to the many other sources of information that bombard us with falsehood and distractions. It’s been said that we are living in the Information Age, but from a godly perspective we could call it the Disinformation Age.
Could it also be that we are seeking the very things Solomon didn’t seek but received anyway? When we seek wealth, security, vengeance, and recognition, we disable ourselves from receiving wisdom. When we seek God’s wisdom, all that we truly need tends to come to us in due time.