Solomon Becomes King

To Remember: Wisdom is worth more than gold or power

Lesson     1 Kings 1-3
  • 1 Kings 1:5    Adonijah, the oldest son of David, tries to take the throne
  • 1 Kings 1;16-18       Bathsheba and Nathan remind David that he had promised the throne to Solomon
  • 1 Kings 1:30    Solomon becomes king
  • 1 Kings 2:1-3    David gives Solomon advice
  • 1 Kings 3:9    Solomon gives God all the credit and asks for wisdom
    • Discussion Point: Note that Solomon's attitude of thankfulness and humility before his responsibilities led him to ask for wisdom rather than wealth.
    • Discussion Point: how God provides blessings for those whose primary goal is to serve him well.
  • Solomon uses his wisdom to judge the people
    • Activity: Act out the time when two women were arguing over one baby.
Vocabulary: Wisdom, the ability to make good decisions

Sing: I want to be a worker for the Lord

Activity: Solomon passed his wisdom along to us in the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Pick several verses from these books and have the students race to find the verse first. Have them read the verses. Pick verses that would be most applicable to students.

  • Eccl. 12:13
  • Prov. 1:8
  • Prov. 22:1
  • Eccl. 1:4
  • Prov.21:2
  • Prov. 15:16
Memory Work:

Proverbs 1:7 "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Fools hate wisdom and instruction."

True or False
  1. Solomon was David's oldest son. F
  2. David was sickly and unaware of what was going on. T
  3. Bathsheba wanted her son to be King. T
  4. Solomon wanted riches and glory. F
  5. God was pleased with Solomon's request. T
  6. Solomon was able to make difficult decisions. T
Review Questions for gameboard

 linguistic questions
  1. Define wisdom.
  2. Name 2 sons of David in this lesson.
  3. According to our memory verse, who should we fear?
  activity questions
  1. Draw a baby.
  2. Act out Bathsheba approaching David.
  3. Recite the first 5 books of the Bible.
  emotion questions
  1. What did Adonijah want?
  2. How did Solomon feel about Adonijah's actions?
  3. What made Solomon ask for wisdom?
application questions
  1. What can we do to be like Solomon?
  2. Does God care more about spiritual or physical traits?
  3. Which should we pray for: what God wants or what we want?
fact questions
  1. Who was David's oldest son?
  2. Who asked David to make Solomon king?
  3. What books of the Bible did Solomon write?
review questions
  1. Why did Adonijah think he could be king?
  2. What did God give Solomon?
  3. How did Solomon use his wisdom?
  4. Why was there confusion about who should be king?