The Bible Stories: Solomon
“Solomon” is one of the aging King David’s sons, the one whom David has decreed will rule as king once David has died. On his deathbed, David explains to Solomon why he was chosen. He must complete an important task: the construction of the Temple of Jerusalem, which will house and protect the ancient Ark of the Covenant between God and the Israelites. He tells his son to govern the authority and never lapse into weakness. But Solomon questions his own ability – he believes he’s too weak and fearful a man to carry out this task – and asks God for wisdom so that he may rule God’s people. God’s response is that “I will give the wisdom of a clear and discerning mind. I will also give you what you have not asked: riches and glory, so that no other king shall compare with you.” After seven years, the Temple is ready to be consecrated. The Ark of the Covenant – the most sacred relic of the 12 tribes of Israel – is secured in the Temple.
King Solomon, son of David, led a multifaceted life and was entrusted with the building of the temple as a place where God would dwell. This film begins with a focus on the rivalry between Solomon and his half brother Adonijah. While their father King David ruled, they tolerated one another, but the contentious relationship eventually took a drastic turn and resulted in Adonijah’s death.
Solomon asked for wisdom as he took his place upon the throne after David’s death, and God was faithful to give him what he asked. Many people sought after his wise counsel and spoke of it throughout the land of Israel. However, Solomon struggled to follow God with his whole heart throughout his life. He had a weakness for women and took many wives and even more concubines. He allowed them to make altars and worship their own gods. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was no longer the only one worshiped in Israel. This compromise was Solomon’s undoing and proved to be his demise, as it ultimately brought the withdrawal of God’s blessing over him and his heirs for years to come.
The film is well done and has an incredible backdrop of realistic scenery and authentic costumes. The story follows Scripture fairly well, with some liberty taken with a feature of an expanded relationship between Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Later, we see him spiral into decline as he wrestles to keep his heart true amidst an insatiable desire for things that would separate him from Jehovah.
Character traits of loyalty, trust and wisdom are woven within the story, and viewers will enjoy this fine film. Parents are advised the film has some heavy battle violence, with resulting death, and several bedroom scenes between Solomon and his women. The story of Solomon, with his many imperfections and challenges, is a classic for the ages, and we are pleased to approve this film for viewers age 12 and up.