King Solomon

So on New Years day as my Nebraska Cornhuskers struggled with the Georgia Bulldogs I started watching some YouTube videos that I had saved on my Watch Later list.  One of the suggested videos appeared a video called King Solomon, which I have linked.  It was almost a three-hour movie from 1997 with decent acting, a great set, and obviously an intriguing story.  I’ve read the book of Kings before but this movie made want to read it again.  When you see characters of a story in the flesh, the story makes more sense, especially when the names of the people are difficult to pronounce and appear to be similar in spelling.

I believe the movie to be very close to the historical bible story of King Solomon from the book of Kings but there are some artistic liberties taken with the story specifically as it relates to the Solomon’s relationship with the Queen of Sheba. The movie is unrated but I would rate the movie PG-13.  There are definitely a few scenes, sexual in nature, which would not be appropriate for younger viewers.  There is no full nudity but some backsides showing more than enough to be obvious.  I think the movie does an excellent job of showing King Solomon’s fall from being a great man with the gift of wisdom, doing God’s Will to gradually ignoring God and falling into worldly pursuits of power and control little by little as he ages.

I think one poignant scene is when Solomon, the man who has everything, is not allowed to determine his own legacy by picking the son that will succeed him.  The priests would not agree and said it was not his place to decide, God would decide.  It seemed from that point on in the movie Solomon started falling further and further away from God.  The man who had everything started to act if God didn’t exist.  Solomon began to think that what he had was because of his wisdom, which was true, but Solomon’s wisdom came from God.  In this new year may we realize that what we have comes from God and may we give thanksgiving for all that we have whether it be material possessions, in tangible gifts, or both.  May we not fall for the trap in thinking that we are the only cause of our successes in life.

 

 

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