Although King Solomon was given exceeding wisdom by God and he built the temple for the Lord, like Saul and David before him, his grievous sin proved that God’s people needed more than what any human king could provide. While Solomon’s sin should have resulted in the entire kingdom being taken away, God was merciful and allowed it to remain.
October 16: God Gave Solomon Wisdom (1 Kings 2–3)
October 23: Solomon Built the Temple (1 Kings 6–9)
October 30: Solomon’s Sin Divided the Kingdom (1 Kings 10–12)
November 6: God Is Good to Give Mercy (Luke 18)
Big Picture Question
What is mercy? Mercy is when God does not give us the punishment that we deserve.
Key Passage Memory Verse
Elementary: The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6-7
Preschool: The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, Exodus 34:6
Key Passage Phrase: The Lord is a kind and loving God.
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