Bible study: Lessons from the rise and fall of King Solomon

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 Was King Solomon really a wise man or a foolish man?  

By Babatope Babalobi +2348035897435


The life of the famed King Solomon is a paradox. He poured his love on God early in his life, but later on devoted his heart to worshipping idols. He was on talking terms with God early in his life, but he spent his adulthood in conversations with Satan. God specifically promised Solomon that he would die at a good old age, but Solomon died at the age of about 60, which by all standards is premature. His kingdom was fully established in his hands when he ascended the throne, unfortunately the twilight of his reign was characterized by  intense opposition which eventually led to the balkanization of his kingdom.Image result for bible study king solomon

But the greatest tragedy of Solomon is that though he was divinely impacted with wisdom becoming the wisest man that ever lived, this wisdom turned into foolishness as he forsook God and served idols. The concluding part of Solomon’s life was a story of avoidable sin resulting from compulsive sexual indulgence, crass materialism, unbridled idolatry, and intense hatred.


 Solomon is a tragedy because in spite of his closeness with God early in his life, his fame, wisdom and wealth, it is very unlikely that he made heaven at death. There is no biblical record that he repented of all his iniquities, and it would be a great tragedy if Solomon who gained the whole world has lost his place in the kingdom of God.


Lets us soberly meditate on the tragedy of Solomon through this tabular explanation of the paradoxes of his life: 



Rise of Solomon

Fall of Solomon

Solomon became famous- King 1 Kings 2 vs. 12: Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; and his kingdom was established greatly

Solomon became materialistic and greedy- 1 Kings 10 vs. 25-26: And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of Gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year


And Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen

Solomon lived in Holiness and Righteousness – Kings 3 vs. 3:  And Solomon loved  the Lord walking in the statutes of David his father:

Solomon goes in sin- Adultery  and disobedience 1 kings 11 vs. 1-3: But the King Solomon loved many strange women…of the nations concerning which the Lord had said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in unto them…..and he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned away his heart. (Jehovah had warned against this. Deut. 17 vs. 17- Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart not turned away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself and gold)

Solomon  walked with God: 1 Kings 3 vs. 5: In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said: Ask what I shall give thee



Solomon walked with Satan 1 Kings 11 vs. 4: For it came to pass when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect: with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.



God loves Solomon- 1 Kings 9 vs. 2 and 5: That the Lord appeared to Solomon the second time…I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised David thy father.

God angry with Solomon-1 Kings 11 vs. 9-11: And the Lord was angry with Solomon….I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and give it to thy servant.


1 Kings 11 vs. 31: Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee

Solomon promised long life- 1 Kings 3 vs. 14: And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days

Solomon died untimely at age about 60-1 Kings 11 vs. 42-43: And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried (Solomon was about 20 years when he became King and reigned for 40 years. See 1 Kings 2 vs. 12 – 11 vs.43; 2 chr.1 vs. 1-9,31)

God blesses Solomon-1 Kings 4  vs. 29:

And God gave  Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart,

God plans evil against Solomon-1 Kings 11 vs. 14, 23: And the Lord stirred up an adversary unto Solomon…and  God stirred him up another adversary

Solomon as a prayer warrior-1 Kings 8 vs. 14: And the King turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood 😉

Solomon becomes  an Idolator-1 Kings 11 vs. 5: For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites

Solomon led the people to God-1 Kings 8 vs. 21: And Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven

Solomon led the people to idols-1 Kings 11 vs. 7-8: Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh the abomination  of Moab…and likewise, did he for all strange wives, which burnt  incense and sacrificed unto gods

Solomon preaches repentance- Kings 8 vs. 33: When thy people Israel  be smitten down before the enemies, because they have sinned against thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee in this house; Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel

Solomon becomes hardened in sin, unrepentant and plans to commit murder-1 Kings 11 vs. 40: And Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose, and fled Egypt…until the death of Solomon



Several lessons could be learnt from the story of the rise and fall of Solomon.

1.      Blessings are from God. God blesses people with various gifts, and in the specific case of Solomon he was mightily blessed with the gift of wisdom. Anyone who desires a blessing form God, he should make a request. James 1 vs. 5 says: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.


2.      God loves his children and communicates with them. Solomon was on talking terms with God early in his life because his ways were pleasing to God. We should also seek to develop and keep a friendly relationship with God. As a Christian you should be engaging in conversations with God, talking to him and hearing from him.


3.      Another lesson from the life of Solomon is that the blessings of God is conditional, and can only be fulfilled by obedience. God promised to lengthen the days of Solomon meaning he supposed to die at a good old age, but Solomon died at age about 60 (was about  20 years old when he became King and reigned for 4o years). The promises of God will only be fulfilled if we continue to serve God in total obedience.


4.      It is possible for anyone to backslide. Solomon loved God with al his heart early in his life, was a prayer warrior, Preacher, and Teacher of the gospel, and had a one to one relationship with God, but he ended up lifting up the altars of Satan. We must continuously read the Bible, pray, and fellowship with the brethren in order to remain in stead with God.


5.      The experience of Solomon also shows that all the wealth and pleasures of this world is vain. Solomon had a harem of women, horses, gold, silver, and gifts but was not satisfied. Self control, contentment, and discipline are virtues every Christian should desire.



The rise and fall of Solomon is a great lesson to all Christians, especially those in authority. If we forsake God, God will forsake us. If we reject God, he will cast us to the devil. God wrote the first chapters of Solomon’s life, but Satan wrote the concluding chapters. One Bible commentator said that though Solomon was reputed to be the wisest man on earth that ever lived, yet he also became the most foolish man on earth that ever lived. It is unlikely that Solomon made heaven, because unlike the case of David, there is no biblical record of his repentance. What a tragedy.


For those of us alive, now is the best time to make our ways right with God so that the judgment of God would be in our favour. If you are never accepted the plans of God for you then you remained a fool in the league of Solomon. If you have backslide like Solomon, you have an opportunity to rewrite your history before you death.


Jesus is the way and the truth towards your salvation. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour today if you do not want your life to end in a tragedy like that of Solomon. Say this simple prayer: Jesus the son of God, I come to you today, just as I am. I confess that am a Sinner, I repent from my sins. and pray that you forgive me my sins by the mercy in your blood. I promise to go and sin no more. I invite the Holy Spirit to rule my life in Jesus name. I am born again.



1.      My destiny shall not be re written for evil Jesus name.

2.      I will not miss my destiny in Jesus name.


Babatope Babalobi

October 23, 2007

15 thoughts on “Bible study: Lessons from the rise and fall of King Solomon

    maisylph said:
    March 7, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Life of solomon is a life of abundance. He has the power, prestige, fame and wisdom. I guess Solomon’s life is an example that having evrything does not assure of a happy life ending.

    Study Life of Solomon and cease to live his crooked ways :D…

    Read sound advice from a dying monarch.:D


    Francis Opiyo said:
    June 7, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    This analysis was great. Keep it up for us.

    Thanks and may God bless you .


    bakare oloyede said:
    August 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    this is really a good one for those that wants to be wise. more annointing,keep it up.


    Dr.Madan Lal Shergill said:
    April 15, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Dear Sir,
    Thank you indeed for this article. In fact I was asked the same question but I did not have the right answer to it. This is an excellent write up with references. Lessons learnt at the last of the article are too good.

    With thanks and kindest regards.

    Sincerely Dr. Madan Lal Shergill, professor of Micriobiology and Vice Principal IAHS, CMC Ludhiana , Punjab India.


    vabah koteË said:
    July 21, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for this beautiful illustration and indept explanation of the like fo King Soloman. This truly blessed my sould and gave a better understanding of how God works and tought me to obey Him more to be in his favour. I always see my life spiral out of control when I disobey Him and now I understand why. May God continue ti bless you and hopefully you can write more articles to strengthen the Christian soul


    Rob said:
    December 23, 2010 at 12:48 am

    You fear Solomon didn’t make heaven. At what point did he fail to make the grade? Who drew the line? How would he know that he’d crossed it? At what point did he stop being righteous enough


    Gaby said:
    January 26, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I came to this website after watching a video about John Todd, a former member of the Illuminati where he says that Solomon wrote some books that Illuminaties use.
    I was shocked but one of the pastors in the church where I go, always teaches that Solomon did went to heaven because of what it says in Psalms 89: 20-37 but specially the versicles from 30 to 33.


    Gaby said:
    January 26, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I forgot to put the link where you can find the video on youtube:

    John Todd a Former Illuminatist: (Testimony of Witchcraft) 3


    perez maduma said:
    April 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    he is the wise man


    Samuel Kwaasi said:
    November 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm



    Emma Edafe said:
    August 6, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Thank you for pragmatically analysing Solomon’s perversed lifestyle which most bible students & analysts subjectively ignore. May you walk & never stumble.


    olopaderidwan said:
    May 17, 2013 at 3:12 am

    solomon is a foolish leader bcos of wat he has done


    Norman said:
    October 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Fascinating! Solomon sounds suspiciously like a sociopath. How marvellous is the Grace of God that will take up and use the most unlikely and unworthy for His glory!


    babalobi responded:
    July 31, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Reblogged this on Deliverance sermons and prayers.


    Martins said:
    July 31, 2015 at 4:28 am

    This is indeed an interesting teaching. God bless you for taking out time to reveal mysteries to nations.


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