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Solomon the Wise King


If we let God teach us, we will grow up to be wise people.

Bible Text:

1 Kings chapters 2 to 11.

Age Group:

Preschool to Grade 2.


I need wisdom to guide my people

A Wise King:

When King David died, his son Solomon became king.  Solomon prayed to the Lord and said, "Lord, please give me wisdom and understanding of the people so that I can be a good king as I reign over them."

Wisdom is when someone knows how do good things, and avoid saying and doing wrong or foolish things.  Can children be wise?  (Let the children respond).

God was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom rather than for riches and fame.  And so God told him that He would give him a wise mind as well as riches and honour, so that no other king would ever compare with Solomon.  God did this and King Solomon became famous for his wisdom.

One Living Child:

One day two women appeared before King Solomon.  The first woman said, "I live in the same house as this other woman.  We both gave birth to a child.  However, one day her child died and during the night she took her dead child and swopped it for my living baby!"  And now she's saying that my child is her own!"

That's a terrible thing to do isn't it!  (Let the children respond).  The second woman shouted, "That's not true!  This baby is mine and her's was the one that died!"

It was hard to see how this could be settled, as there was no one who could tell the truth about the living child and dead child.

Bring Me a Sword!

King Solomon thought for a while and finally said, "Bring me a sword."  And so a sword was brought to the king and he said, "Now, cut the the living child in two and give half to each woman."   Do you think that was the right thing to do?  (Let the children respond).

Well, the first woman was horrified and cried out to the king, "Oh, my lord, give her the living child and don't kill it."

But, the other woman said, "Then it won't be either mine nor yours, so divide it into two!"  Which woman do you think was the real mother of the living child?  (Let the children respond).

Wise King Solomon spoke again, "Give the living child to the first woman and don't kill it, for she is its mother!"  Do you think that was a wise decision?  (Let the children respond).

Yes it was, for what true mother would want her own precious baby to die rather than to give it away so that it could live?  All Israel heard of this wise decision and knew that their king had God's wisdom!

How can You be Wise?

If we let God teach us, we too can grow up to be wise people.  Wise people do good things and avoid doing wrong or foolish things.   Even young children can know the difference between good and wrong things.

What wrong things do you do?  (Let the children respond).  And what are some good things that you could do?  (Let the children respond).  Then how can you choose to do good things?  (Let the children respond).

Growing to be a Wise Person:

Yes, you can ask God to help you choose to do good and right things, and to say "No" to doing wrong things.  If you keep on doing this, then with God's help you will become a wise person.

Let's pray now and ask God to help you make wise choices today in all you are going to say and do.

God bless!


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