They say that he was the wisest of them all. Well, think again. He wasn’t. Offering to cut a baby in two is not my idea of wisdom, not even to arrive at the truth. So let’s pretend that that was just his warped sense of humor.
In Hebrew the word ‘Solomon’ means: “peace, peaceable, welfare and/or well-being”. There is no reference to wisdom, although it could be argued that it took wisdom to maintain peace. Although we are told that Solomon was later given another name, Jedidiah, which while meaning “Jah is friend, or, beloved of Jah” there’s still no mention of wisdom.
David, Solomon’s dad, was forbidden to build a temple. The reason was simple. We are to hold the sacred in our hearts, not in a building of polished stone and timber. Solomon, in his (lack of) wisdom, ignored that. With his heart full of pride, first he built a royal palace for himself, and then put his loins to good use with 700 wives and 300 concubines. Some claim he did so to gain political connections, only there weren’t that many connections to be made. If you wish to learn more about his sexual prowess, read Visualization—Creating Your Own Universe. You will be amazed!
Also, for the time being, he had neither time, nor money, nor materials, to build a temple.
Later he got an idea. Instead of separating church and state he installed himself, as king, on the top of the priesthood. Thus, having all authority on his side, he set out to build himself a temple, to his eternal glory. It never crossed his mind that he, as much as you and I, are the temples of god.
King Solomon did to Judaism what Pope Julius II did to Christianity.
In Chronicles Chapter 2, we learn just how he did it.
“And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel… and they were found an hundred and fifty thousand and three thousand and six hundred. (That’s 153,600)
And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of burdens, and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred overseers to set the people a work.”(This adds up to 70,000 + 80,000 + 3,600)
His concept of slave labour was perfect. Not wise, but pure and simple. Peaceful? Only if the slaves went quietly. Or perhaps the ‘peace’ only applied to the welfare of Israel, not to ‘strangers’.
Not much has changed…
And now imagine. In spite of Solomon and Julius II, and thousands of others building monuments to their transient, material glory, the I AM manifestation still thrives in our hearts. Welcome to the club of the Immortals.