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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

PROVERBS 1:1

"The proverbs of Solomon
the son of David, king of Israel."

What is a proverb?  "A pithy (having substance and point, concise) popular sayings; adage."
Throw that in with the weight behind it as the Word of God, it is enough to make one sit up straight and listen.  However, we must also remember that the Bible is also history, "His story."  As such, it gives unfiltered, just as it is, revelation of the true nature of people. 




Take for instance,  Solomon.  He had more going for him than just about anybody who has ever lived.  He had a father whom God considered a man after His own heart.  He was living in the glow.  Solomon inherited a kingdom his father had left him, after years of war, a prospect of peace.  In fact, God was so pleased with him that He came to Solomon in a dream and offered to grant him whatever he would ask for whether for long life, health, wealth, and prosperity.  But the young man asked for wisdom.  God was so proud of this man that He granted him not only wisdom, but a promise of wealth.  (I Kings 3:3-14)



"Now Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statues of his father David...'Ask what you wish me to give you....'  yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.  Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen...So give your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil.  For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?'  It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.  God said to him, 'Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but asked for yourself discernment to understand justice, behold I have done according to your words.  Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you.  I have given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the king like you all your days.  If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father avid walked, then I will prolong your days.'"


I've told the story before when Jay was asked when he was in first or second grade what he would ask for if he could ask for anything he wanted.  He said with a dreamy look in his eye, "I would ask for wisdom because when Solomon asked for it, he got riches too!"  Smart boy!


So, Solomon wrote a book of proverbs that has been part of the best selling book in all of history, the Bible.  We can take to heart these proverbs even though later the man became corrupted by taking foreign wives, 700 in fact, not including 300 concubines. Now, for a smart man, that has to be one of the stupidest things a man could do.  Of course, there are those men who would salivate about that opportunity.  That "bliss" is promised those in Islam who become martyrs.  In fact, in modern day Swaziland, the king there added to his harem all the time: every family had to offer a daughter as a possible choice to be considered; offerings were taken to help Christians be able to buy a cow to redeem their daughter from this situation.  This was not how God designed marriage for one man and one woman in the Garden.  David, Abraham, and other Biblical heroes were not good examples in this department.  Yet Solomon took it to the extreme, which became his downfall: sex has a way of doing that.

Nevertheless, his words of wisdom in this book are to be instructive.  So we will begin looking at them soon, as soon as my new laptop arrives because right now I'm fighting a losing battle with my current one which means I can only write a paragraph or two before it gives up the ghost for the day.  So I'll quickly post this before it quits on me again!

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