King Solomon.. Whadda guy!! He wrote (with his unbelievable wisdom), the book of Proverbs..He had the perfect setup, indeed!! The 2nd son of THE ONE and ONLY, King David. And had the God of the UNIVERSE asking him to, "name whatever he wanted." His wish of wisdom to rule God's people impressed God so much that He gave him riches, good health, ALONG with the wisdom he asked for.. And when God gives?? He gives in ABUNDENCE !! Most of the time, King Solomon was decked to the nines in gold... As was his army (and their swords & shields). Upon King Solomon's death he was the richest man to have ever live to that point.. & since. FILTHY KEEN CLEAN rich! However - Solomon let his 'fleshly desires' rule him, & thus God ripped the kingdom of his father David from him. Much later in life, Solomon expressed regret in not staying 'right' with God.
He was born c. 990 BC, in Jerusalem, Israel.. Born the 2nd son of King David, & Bathsheba.. Lets not talk about the 1st mmkay?? Kay! He was born into the splendor of pomp & pamphilly. As a baby, he was adored & accepted highly of favor by Israel, & by Almighty Himself. The Bible says he was favored by God more than any other child by King David... Thus it was only natural that Solomon would grow to know that he was to succeed his father as King of Israel.. He grew up in the plushness dreams are made of in dad, King David's palace. This is what is left of it today.
Wikipedia offers up this delicious fact about the eppervesant throne of Solomon... This is UNBELIEVABLE !!
Solomon's throne is described at length in Targum Sheni, which is compiled from three different sources, and in two later Midrash. According to these, there were on the steps of the throne twelve golden lions, each facing a golden eagle. There were six steps to the throne, on which animals, all of gold, were arranged in the following order: on the first step a lion opposite an ox; on the second, a wolf opposite a sheep; on the third, a tiger opposite a camel; on the fourth, an eagle opposite a peacock, on the fifth, a cat opposite a cock; on the sixth, a sparrow-hawk opposite a dove. On the top of the throne was a dove holding a sparrow-hawk in its claws, symbolizing the dominion of Israel over the Gentiles. The first midrash claims that six steps were constructed because Solomon foresaw that six kings would sit on the throne, namely, Solomon, Rehoboam, Hezekiah, Manasseh, Amon, and Josiah. There was also on the top of the throne a golden candelabrum, on the seven branches of the one side of which were engraved the names of the seven patriarchs Adam, Noah, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Job, and on the seven of the other the names of Levi, Kohath, Amram, Moses, Aaron, Eldad, Medad, and, in addition, Hur (another version has Haggai). Above the candelabrum was a golden jar filled with olive-oil and beneath it a golden basin which supplied the jar with oil and on which the names of Nadab, Abihu, and Eli and his two sons were engraved. Over the throne, twenty-four vines were fixed to cast a shadow on the king's head.
By a mechanical contrivance the throne followed Solomon wherever he wished to go. Supposedly, due to another mechanical trick, when the king reached the first step, the ox stretched forth its leg, on which Solomon leaned, a similar action taking place in the case of the animals on each of the six steps. From the sixth step the eagles raised the king and placed him in his seat, near which a golden serpent lay coiled. When the king was seated the large eagle placed the crown on his head, the serpent uncoiled itself, and the lions and eagles moved upward to form a shade over him. The dove then descended, took the scroll of the Law from the Ark, and placed it on Solomon's knees. When the king sat, surrounded by the Sanhedrin, to judge the people, the wheels began to turn, and the beasts and fowls began to utter their respective cries, which frightened those who had intended to bear false testimony. Moreover, while Solomon was ascending the throne, the lions scattered all kinds of fragrant spices. After Solomon's death, Pharaoh Shishak, when taking away the treasures of the Temple (I Kings xiv. 26), carried off the throne, which remained in Egypt until Sennacherib conquered that country. After Sennacherib's fall Hezekiah gained possession of it, but when Josiah was slain by Pharaoh Necho, the latter took it away. However, according to rabbinical accounts, Necho did not know how the mechanism worked and so accidentally struck himself with one of the lions causing him to become lame; Nebuchadnezzar, into whose possession the throne subsequently came, shared a similar fate. The throne then passed to the Persians, whose king Darius was the first to sit successfully on Solomon's throne after his death; subsequently the throne came into the possession of the Greeks and Ahasuerus.
AmaaAAaazing!! To say the least.. No doubt the life of Solomon was faar from solemn!! King Solomon was tasked with the building of The Almighty's permanent home. The story of that is coming.. The idea was his father, King David's.. Howev, the fruition would come with King Solomon.
Solomon's royal palace, was located here.. Closer look? And another (this was supposedly the purported entrance to King Solomon's throne room & no doubt, where the trial of the 2 women claiming the baby was held.) Here are some clay pots and the like, straight from the palace of Solomon. A detailed pic of 'whats where' perspective..
He was entombed in Jerusalem.. In this mausoleum, quaintly called the Mausoleum of Solomon. After assending the immaculate entrance, you'll be inside & that is where you will find his tomb. Not quite as elaborate as his daddy, David's, (especially considering his enormous riches!) Still elaborate - none-the-less!!
All in all.. In the long shot.. King Solomon's life, in itself, was tragic. He forsook God for the flesh and pursuit of false gods. With his ring (here's a replica fosho!) - he claimed to have captured demons and made them to explain themselves which, would lead one to initially wonder exactly which drugs he were on... However - He once he saw an elaborate castle with what appeared to have "NO" entrance. With a gesture of his ring (which he claimed to contain his 'pet demons')- he had them scope the place for him. Indeed, they informed him of the entrance with acute accuracy so there was no doubt he had demons working for him. But, in LONG SHOT?? We all do!! Do we not? With ALL of Solomon's wrongs - at the end of his life he offered to us a beautiful insight to life and how he'd discovered that.. The book of Proverbs & Song of Solomon. Life in itself.. cannot and will not be productive for the better without God's guidance. We should ALL take a solemn 'life's lesson' from Solomon's experiences, & take heed to, lead, and live a better life - putting God FRONT and CENTER!
R.I.P., King Solomon!! Your life is repped in sooo many among us!! You left us with your God given wisdom.. Prolly most impopo (& my favorite lesson), that life CANNOT be successfully lived without the presence of Almighty God in it!
Wanna see his incredible Kings CROWN??
How about his personal 'waaay before iPad' tablet?? FoSho!!