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Monday, August 7, 2017

PROVERBS 1:1 



Here we go again.  Proverbs and my new laptop will try to get along together...

Just a little more to be said about Solomon is found in II Samuel 12:24-25, "Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and went in to her...and sent word through Nathan the prophet, and he named him Jedidiah (beloved of the Lord) for the Lord's sake."  Also in I Kings 2:12, "And Solomon sat on throne of David his father, and his kingdom was firmly established." 





Then in II Chronicles 22:5ff "David said, 'My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the Lord shall be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout the lands.  Therefore now I will make preparation for it.' So David made ample preparations before his death.  Then he called for his son Solomon, and charged him to build a house for the Lord God of Israel.  David said to Solomon, 'My son, I had intended to build a house to the name of the Lord my God.  But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 'You have shed much blood and have waged great wars; you shall not build a house to My name, because you have shed so much blood on the earth before Me.  Behold, a son will be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days.  He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.'  Now, my son, the Lord be with you that you may be successful, and build the house of the Lord your God just as He has spoken concerning you.  Only the Lord give you discretion and understanding, and give you charge over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will prosper, if you are careful to observe the statutes and the ordinances which the Lord commanded Moses concerning Israel.  Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed."




Okay, let's pause for a wee moment.  I love how David, though grieved because he was not allowed to build the temple, practically hovered over his young and inexperienced son and made preparations before his own death for the work to be done.  




Then God promises that He will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.  What more could a daddy want?  It is interesting to note however, the lineage given in the book of Matthew comes down through Solomon to Joseph, while the lineage in the book of Luke comes down through Solomon's brother Nathan to Mary.



But the other interesting part, which is a rare reign in all of history, is for a king to have rest from all his enemies, to have peace and quiet all his days.  Hmm.  Who else can say this?  How about in your own little kingdom, your home, to have peace and quiet?  Sounds good, huh.  So it wasn't just wisdom, honor, and riches that Solomon enjoyed, but peace and quiet.  Rest. 



Rest is an important concept in Scripture.  Think of the rest promised the Hebrew children if only they would obey.  Hebrews talked about rest for the soul for the Christian who went deeper with the Lord.  God Himself loves rest and rested on the seventh day of Creation.  Not only that but Isaiah 11:10 says, "And His resting place will be glorious."  We all have that longing for glorious rest that will be completely fulfilled in heaven though we can experience rest for our souls here and now by giving ourselves over completely to Christ.


Ellicott's Commentary says, "The absolute quiet and prosperity of the reign of Solomon (the man of peace) as described in I Kings 4:20, would naturally be conducive to the growth of a sententious (using wise sayings) philosophy; whereas the constant wars and dangerous life of David called for the impassioned eloquence of the Psalms."



(Hmm, how can a guy have peace and quiet when he has so many wives and concubines and kids running around the palace?  Just asking...  Just think how much more rest he could have had in order to think up more wise sayings if he'd stuck to God's design, one woman to one man!)




Speaking of the Psalms, how would you feel as the son of the greatest king in all of the world, David, who wrote the thickest worship book for all time, the beautiful book of Psalms?  That would be a lot to live up to.  Well, Solomon decided to write his own book, the book of Proverbs.  I Kings 4:32 says, "He also spoke 3,000 proverbs and his songs were 1,005."  (not to mention the book, Song of Solomon!)  Regardless, 659 verses were included in Scripture.




Yes, God gave Solomon riches.  Yes, the Proverbs are included in Scripture as the inspired word of God.  However, it is important to remember, "that a greater than Solomon is here.  Christ speaks by His word and by His Spirit.  Christ is the Word and the Wisdom of God." (Matthew Henry)  "But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption." (I Corinthians 1:30)


So there you have it.  But here's one more disclaimer.  Solomon should have said, "Don't do as I do, do as I say."  Since wisdom is from God, and God gave Solomon more wisdom than anyone who has ever lived, yet it was not enough to keep him from folly.  Here is the man who gave us the book of Proverbs, instructions on how to live life.  But just like the example of the entire Old Testament points to the need of a Saviour, so too Solomon's life shows us that it is not enough to have head knowledge.  What we really need is heart knowledge.  Solomon tried to fill his heart with women.  It was never enough and led to his downfall and idol worship.  In fact, his father's sin was passed down to the son: his heritage was of the relationship of David and Bathsheba, and he followed in his father's footsteps having many wives and concubines, only exceedingly so.  Don't be like Solomon.  Be like Jesus.  




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