The “Wisdom” of Solomon

Friday, May 26                         

Solomon is an enigmatic figure.  God loved him from his birth.    “. . . [Bathsheba] gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon.  The Lord loved him; and because the Lord loved him, he sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah (2 Sam. 12:24-25).”  Jedidiah means “loved of God.”  But then there’s 1 Chron. 22:7-10.  “But you will have a son who will be a man of peace . . . and His name will be Solomon . . .”  Solomon means “peace.”  God decreed that there would be peace throughout Solomon’s reign,  a rarity for Israel.  Solomon had an encounter with God shortly after he was made king (1 Kings 3:4-15).   He is seen as a humble, God-fearing man who wanted to please God and rule well over Israel.  God was pleased and blessed him accordingly.  “I will give you a wise and discerning heart so that there never will have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.”  But his downfall had already begun—and this is part of the enigma.  He made an alliance with Egypt, married Pharaoh’s daughter, and offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places (1 Kings 3:1-3).  All this apparently took place before the encounter with God in chapter 3.  Later, he married many other foreign idolatrous women and failed in a number of other ways.  Yet he had peace and prosperity throughout his life.  If that’s not enigmatic enough, remember that Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon, both a bit enigmatic, yet accepted into both Jewish and Church canons. What do I learn from this?  God’s ways are past finding out.  What I don’t know is what I don’t need to know.  Let God be God.

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