Lesson Title: SOLOMON JUDGES WITH WISDOM AND JUSTICE
Printed Text: 1 Kings 3:16-28; 2 Chronicles 9:8
Key Verse: 1 Kings 3:28 (NIV)
When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary 2011
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People need a just and wise mediator when life presents unjust situations. To whom may we go to receive justice? Because of Solomon’s relationship with God, he was able to make just and wise choices.
On the surface, it would appear that this passage would yield very little in terms of practical lessons on leadership and the practice of justice. Yet, there are three significant truths that can be gleaned from the lesson. First, leaders are sometimes faced with situations that require them to make tough decisions and choose courses of action that astound their followers. Second, justice has to be administered fairly to all people, regardless of how shady their social backgrounds may be. Third, leaders must be equipped to discern and to read between the lines, get beyond the rhetoric and emotions of a situation, and see the real facts of matters that require mature decision making and leadership that is guided by the Holy Spirit. Discernment is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Blessed heavenly Father, give us all wisdom to know the difference between right and wrong. Grant that we may hear clearly Your voice and without reservation do the things that matter most to You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
Wisdom – the ability to discern inner qualities and relationships, and to display understanding and knowledge.