“Solomon’s Wisdom”

Posted: February 9, 2012 in Government, Mothers, Salvation, Thanksgiving

   “Bring me a sword.  Cut the living baby in two and give half to one harlot and half to the other harlot.”  What?  That sure sounds bizarre.  Those words came from the newly appointed, inexperienced, youthful king who came to be known as the wisest man who ever lived.  King Solomon told his men to do this to display his wisdom and understanding of a mother’s instincts.  You can read the rest of the story in 1 Kings 3:16-28.

   Solomon was the son of King David’s ninth wife, Bathsheba.  He was very young when he became the king over all Israel.  He seems to have been about 20 years old when he took over the full responsibilities of being the king.  This is very young by any standards.  People of this age usually lack a great deal of wisdom in knowing how to manage anything, let alone other people.

   Death.  Young King Solomon had his older brother, Adonijah put to death for trying to usurp the throne from him (1 Kings 2:13-25).  This kind of thing happened often in those days.

   Blank Check.  Once he was on the throne, God promised to give Solomon whatever he asked from Him.  Realizing his youthfulness and inexperience, he humbly asked God for wisdom to lead His people.  He needed their respect and loyalty.  He said, “…give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil.  For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:9)

   Granted.  Not only did God give him what he requested, He also gave him riches and honor so that there was no one else like him.  God also promised him long life if he would keep God’s commandments. 

   Sad Ending.  Unfortunately Solomon didn’t have a very happy life because he was influenced by his 700 pagan wives and 300 concubines who turned his heart away from God (1 Kings 11:3).  Forget it men.  He was a wealthy king. 

   STD.  In fact, it has been suggested that he may have died from a sexually transmitted disease from one or more of these women.  He lamented his foolish ways in his old age when he wrote, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2).  He wasted his life pursuing things that didn’t satisfy him.  He even wrote many insightful proverbs but failed to follow the advice he gave to others.  He should have “practiced what he preached.”  Anyone who lives his life apart from God is playing the role of a fool and is destined for disaster.

   Judgment.  King Solomon brought judgment on himself because he pursued pagan gods rather than the true and living God.  He was told that his kingdom would be torn in two and that it would be given to one of his servants (1 Kings 11:11).  This happened in the days of his son, Rehoboam (1 Kings 12).

   Early Days.  Solomon’s great wisdom came on display before others when he made a startling decision that involved two harlots and their babies (1 Kings 3:16-28).  At his young age Solomon understood clearly the motherly instinct that most women have for their own children.  Then the people realized that he had received this wisdom from God (1 Kings 3:28).  Christians today are invited to ask God for His wisdom if they’re willing to meet His requirements (James 1:5-8).

   Leaders.  All you who have leadership roles in life, pay attention!  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).  The sooner you learn this truth, the better off you’ll be.  “…the Most High [God] rules in the kingdom of men, [and] gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men” (Daniel 4:17).  He is sovereign.  Proud King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon learned this lesson the hard way.  You would do well to learn something from his personal testimony that is recorded in Daniel chapter 4.

   Rebels.  You better humble yourselves before the Lord Jesus Christ breaks you in pieces with His rod of iron (Psalm 2:1-12).  “He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1).

   Fools.  “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’  They are corrupt [and] have done abominable works…” (Psalm 14:1).  At least the agnostic is honest enough to admit that he isn’t sure if God exists or not.  But the atheist displays his foolishness because he hasn’t been everywhere in the universe to see if God exists out there or not.

   Nature.  It displays the glory of God (Psalm 19:1).  From it we can all learn that there is a God who is powerful (Romans 1:20).  Read, in the rest of this chapter, what happens to those who aren’t thankful to Him.  They become degenerates and depraved in their behavior and need to be incarcerated in prison.  

   Authorities.  When was the last time you prayed for those in authority over you?  Have you thanked a law enforcement officer or a soldier for providing safety for you?  Human government is ordained by God.  It has the power and responsibility to punish some evil doers with capital punishment (Romans 13:1-7; Genesis 9:6).  I’m thankful I live in this country.  If you’re a Christian, you are commanded to pray for those who are in authority over you so that we can live a peaceable and quiet life in all godliness and reverence (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

   Peace.  I think that most of us want to live in peace.  You can have peace “with” God as soon as you put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and who rose again bodily from the grave on the third day” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8).  Christians can enjoy the peace “of” God when they are rightly related to God the Holy Spirit (Philippians 4:6, 7; Galatians 5:22, 23; Ephesians 5:18).  Peace “on earth” will come when the Prince of Peace returns to rule and reign over this earth (Isaiah 9:6; Revelation19:16).  Are you prepared for that day?

   Questions.  If you’re not sure about your personal relationship with God or where you will spend eternity, we invite you to contact us for more information.  Call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com where we have helpful information for you whether you are a believer or not.  We invite your comments.

 

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