If you are interested, give these questions about the "three kings" of the unified nation of Israel a try.
1. Why did God give Israel a king at the time He did?
2. Was it God’s intention for them to ever have a king?
3. How did Saul qualify to be king?
4. What caused Saul to lose his kingdom?
5.How was Saul constantly humiliated?
6. How was David different from Saul?
7. Why was Saul jealous of David?
8. What was David’s great desire, and when did it come to pass?
9. What books authored by Solomon reveal the downward progression in his life? Put them in order.
10. How many Proverbs and songs did Solomon write?
My answers to these thought questions are below. (Possibilities vary.)
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2. God intended for Israel to have a king, but not yet (Deut. 17:14-20; Gen 49:10; 17:6)
3. He was a man of might and power. He had a choice and godly personality. He was outstanding in character. He was a man of humility.
4. Self-will instead of God’s will. He didn’t kill all of the Amalakites. Then he offered the sacrifice when Samuel was late. That was not his place in God’s plan. He usurped. God was not happy with this. God chose David and had him anointed as a boy.
5. He was humiliated in battle; in the rule of his own household; his son was respected more than him; he made bad decisions; he ended up insane, as a beast of the field.
6. David was different in the fact that he was born of the tribe of Benjamin. He was brave and valiant; killed a lion and a bear with his bare hands. His occupation was a shepherd. He had God’s anointing both privately and publicly, from his youth. He grew up in Saul’s court.
7. David was notorious for slaying Goliath. People sang prais es to him for his victories. Saul knew David would take the throne from him and his son.
8. David wanted God to have a house greater than his own. He wanted to build it for God. But, God rejected this plan because David had blood on his hands (the killing of Bathsheba’s husband.) So God allowed David’s son Solomon to build it after David’s death.
9. Song of Solomon was written in his younger years, Proverbs in his middle years, and Ecclesiastes during the last years of his life.
10. 3000 Proverbs