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A Walk Thru the Life of solomon

valry between Jacob and Esau,in which only one brother could inherit the father’s blessing. Between Solomon and Adonijah, only one brother can assume the throne and, as it turns out, survive the competition. For all of the posturing and oaths of protection, Adonijah’s threat remains. He even flaunts it, re- questing his father’s consort in an attempt to hold on to some claim to the throne (2:13–25). So yet another of David’s sons dies in the heat of a bitter rivalry, and only one is left standing in the bloody mess: Solomon the wise.

  • ough Solomon is lauded for most of the biblical account

of his life, a dark side of his reign is foreshadowed early in the narrative.Neither a prophet of God nor the king’s favorite wife nor the king’s beloved son is immune from the seduction of power.e kingdom’s welfare must be, of course, their primary concern; but just as prominent should be concern for survival and the influence they can have. Not only does Solomon gain the throne; he also eliminates those who threaten his right to it. e kingdom he acquires has come at a cost.

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  • Which aspects of Solomon’s ascension seem godly? Which seem ungodly? Do you think God would have established him on the throne without the power play? Why or why not?

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  • Solomon was the eventual fruit of David’s worst moral

failure—his relationship with Bathsheba—and a clear

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A Walk Thru the Life of Solomon: Pursuinga Heart of Integrity, Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, © 2009. Used by permission.

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