Solomon is remembered as one of the wealthiest (2 Chronicles 1:14-17) and wisest men of all history. He wrote more than 3000 proverbs and 1005 songs, plus the Song of Solomon and the book of Ecclesiastes (1 Kings 4:29-34). Solomon was the tenth son of David, and second by Bathsheba. He was the third king of Israel who reigned for forty years (2 Samuel 5:14; 15:24). during his reign, he built the Temple, multiplied his fighting forces, his wealth, and his wives.
Solomon was also known as Jedidiah meaning, "beloved of the Lord." Solomon was gifted and favored by God, but he allowed sensuality to sideline his wisdom, his joy for life, and his Godly influence open others. In his pursuit for purpose in life, he concluded that all was vanity, except to "fear God and keep his commandments." (Ecclesiastes 12:13) for me, Ecclesiastes 12:13 represents more than a wise saying, but rather a statement of Solomon's repentance from his wanderings!
A few stories from the life of Solomon stand out . . .
(1) Solomon's request for wisdom -- 2 Chronicles 1:7-13 [also see 1 Kings 3] records how God granted Solomon wisdom on the night of his inauguration as king. God was very pleased with Solomon as he asked for wisdom rather than, wealth, long life, or victory in battle. What a great lesson for us all. Jesus taught something similar in Matthew 6:33 -- "But seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you as well." When we seek God and God's way, God fulfills us and takes care of our other needs along the way.
(2) Solomon's prayer at the Temple dedication -- 2 Chronicles 6 records the dedication of the Temple. This was a big day for Solomon and all of Israel. David had wanted to build a Temple to the Lord (6:7-9), but it fell to Solomon to accomplish this task (6:10). Solomon's prayer demonstrates the deep theological understanding which he possessed -- even the heavens cannot contain the glory of God, and yet, God chose to dwell with His people (6:18).
(3) Solomon's wise decision -- Some of you will remember from Sunday school the story of Solomon and the two women (1 Kings 3:16-28). The king had a very difficult decision to make--two women had given birth in the same house. Sadly, one child had died in the night and now a mother was claiming that her living baby had been taken by the other mother. What should the kind do, since no one was present to judge rightly? Asking for a sword, King Solomon was able to discern who was the rightful mother. If you haven't read the story, I hope you will.
Solomon was a precursor to Christ Jesus. All of his wisdom points us to Jesus, our savior and Lord. Solomon's life also reminds us that we need the help of our Savior to live with wisdom in all of our decisions. We can know to do right and still wander from God's path. Worse we can go through the motions of "doing right" with a heart of of discontent or evil and loose out on the joy of Godly living.
Colossians 2:3 -- "in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."
As we discover God's wisdom for living in the pages of Proverbs, I encourage you to seek Jesus as your Savior an dLord today-- It's the wisest decision you can make! See you Sunday! Pastor Tom