Solomon was the son born to David by Bathsheba. He became king of Israel after David. He was a decisive leader and this is one quality that caused him to be established and distinguished.
What does it mean to be decisive? The word decisive according to an online dictionary means settling an issue or producing a definite result. It also means having or showing the ability to make decisions quickly and effectively. This quality is apparent in Solomon as a leader and a few cases which will be studied here help to establish this fact.
The Bible says; “Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him. And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house
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And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear. And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son.
Thus they spake before the king. Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is
Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it. Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.” (1 Kings 3:16-27)
In the above passage of scripture, Solomon took a decision quickly and effectively. We know it was quick because he neither hesitated nor asked the women to go and return at a later date to give him time to decide on what should be done. No, he instantly called for a sword. We also know that his decision was effective because it produced the desired result. The purpose
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Then there were very important decisions which Solomon had to make with regards to his throne and ensuring it was established. Such decisions had to do with his half-brother, Adonijah, who had an eye on the throne and had already proclaimed himself king before Solomon was anointed. Then there was Joab, who had been the captain of David’s army; he was also a threat as he had openly supported Adonijah’s ambition to be king. Abiathar the priest was also a threat as he had, like Joab, supported Adonijah. Finally, there was Shimei who had stoned David when he fled from Absalom. Shimei was also a threat as his words on the day he stoned David revealed that he wanted the throne to return to Saul’s family. The Bible passages below show how Solomon handled all four men. One more time, we are exposed to his decisive nature.
“And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said, Peaceably. He said moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And she said, Say on. And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and that all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign: howbeit the kingdom is turned about, and is become my brother’s: for it was his from the Lord.
Bathsheba had the ear of the King
And now I ask one petition of thee, deny me not. And she said unto him, Say on. And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Solomon the king, (for he will not say thee nay,) that he give me Abishag the Shunammite to wife. And Bathsheba said, Well; I will speak for thee unto the king. Bathsheba
And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king’s mother
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“And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of the Lord God before David my father, and because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted. So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being
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“Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the tabernacle of the
“And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Build thee
The saying is good: as my
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Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out, and walkest abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die? and thou saidst unto me, The word that I have heard is good. Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the
We know for certain that Solomon’s decision in all the passages above was quick. So the question remains, was it effective? The answer is found in the words of Solomon. He said; “But now the Lord my God hath given me rest on every
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