Solomon

SOLOMON

Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.
  2. Scripture reference: I Kings 1 & 3, II Chronicles 3-5, 9. Have these questions on the board or printed on sheets for each student to find the answers as he reads:

Who was Solomon’s mother? His father?

Who tried to steal Solomon’s throne before David was even dead?

What did the people shout when Solomon was anointed king?

What animal did Solomon ride to be anointed king?

Who was the prophet of David and Solomon?

How did God appear to Solomon?

What did Solomon ask for? Why?

What great achievement did God allow Solomon to accomplish?

What three books of the Bible did Solomon write?

What woman complicated Solomon’s last years?

                  Interestingly, the Queen of Sheba, took the child, son of Solomon and herself, back to Ethiopia, where he and his dynasty ruled in unbroken succession for thousands of years, until the last Emperor, Haile Selassie, in the late 1900s.

 

  1. Service References: The entrance of the ark into the Temple of Solomon in I Kings 7 is read at vespers of the Entry of the Theotokos as in matins we sing, “A child in the flesh but perfect in soul, the holy Ark enters into the house of God” and in matins “she is led today into the Holy of Holies, there to be brought up unto the Lord.” She is also called the Cherubic Throne – “the Virgin the throne of the cherubim” – at Christmas – a great mystery.

The veil of the Temple was placed between the people and the Holy of Holies, containing the ark. At the crucifixion “For by Thy lifting up today the Hebrew race perished. The veil of the temple was torn in two.” In what way did the Hebrew race perish with the crucifixion? How was that symbolized by the torn curtain?

 

  1. Discussion: In place of discussion today, we’re going to have good, plain fun. Bring lots of clay or play dough – air-hardening clay in large containers is available in craft or school supply stores. As the teens read the description of the Temple in II Chronicles 3-5, have them make an accurate replica of the temple from the clay. Next week, when it’s dry, spray the entire masterpiece gold for a lasting teaching tool for the younger classes.

 

  1. Close with prayer: Is there an area in the student’s life now where he or she needs wisdom? Pray now for the wisdom of Solomon.