Advent Day 18: Solomon’s Wisdom

Ornament: Crown

2014-12-12 15.17.08

Bible Passage: 1 Kings 2:1-6, 3:4-28

Short Version (for Tots):

The LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream. God said: Whatever you ask I shall give you.

Solomon answered: “Give your servant a listening heart to judge your people and to distinguish between good and evil.”

The Lord was pleased by Solomon’s request. So God said to him: I now do as you request. I give you a heart so wise and discerning that there has never been anyone like you until now. I [also] give you what you have not asked for:  such riches and glory that among kings there will be no one like you all your days. And if you walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and commandments, I will give you a long life.


 

Full Version:

When the time of David’s death drew near, he gave these instructions to Solomon his son: “I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong and be a man!

Keep the mandate of the LORD, your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, commands, ordinances, and decrees as they are written in the law of Moses, that you may succeed in whatever you do, and wherever you turn, and that the LORD may fulfill the word he spoke concerning me: If your sons so conduct themselves that they walk before me in faithfulness with their whole heart and soul, there shall never be wanting someone of your line on the throne of Israel.

“You yourself know what Joab, son of Zeruiah, did to me—what he did to the two commanders of Israel’s armies, Abner, son of Ner, and Amasa, son of Jether: he killed them and brought the blood of war into a time of peace, and put the blood of war on the belt about his waist and the sandal on his foot. Act with all the wisdom you possess; do not let his gray head go down to Sheol in peace.
The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, because that was the great high place. Upon its altar Solomon sacrificed a thousand burnt offerings.

In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night. God said: Whatever you ask I shall give you.

Solomon answered: “You have shown great kindness to your servant, David my father, because he walked before you with fidelity, justice, and an upright heart; and you have continued this great kindness toward him today, giving him a son to sit upon his throne.

Now, LORD, my God, you have made me, your servant, king to succeed David my father; but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act— I, your servant, among the people you have chosen, a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted.

Give your servant, therefore, a listening heart to judge your people and to distinguish between good and evil. For who is able to give judgment for this vast people of yours?”

The Lord was pleased by Solomon’s request. So God said to him: Because you asked for this—you did not ask for a long life for yourself, nor for riches, nor for the life of your enemies—but you asked for discernment to know what is right— I now do as you request. I give you a heart so wise and discerning that there has never been anyone like you until now, nor after you will there be anyone to equal you.

In addition, I give you what you have not asked for: I give you such riches and glory that among kings there will be no one like you all your days. And if you walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and commandments, as David your father did, I will give you a long life.

Solomon awoke; it was a dream! He went to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, sacrificed burnt offerings and communion offerings, and gave a feast for all his servants.
Solomon’s Listening Heart.

Later, two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. One woman said: “By your leave, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house, and I gave birth in the house while she was present. On the third day after I gave birth, this woman also gave birth. We were alone; no one else was in the house with us; only the two of us were in the house. This woman’s son died during the night when she lay on top of him. So in the middle of the night she got up and took my son from my side, as your servant was sleeping. Then she laid him in her bosom and laid her dead son in my bosom.

I rose in the morning to nurse my son, and he was dead! But when I examined him in the morning light, I saw it was not the son I had borne.”

The other woman answered, “No! The living one is my son, the dead one is yours.” But the first kept saying, “No! the dead one is your son, the living one is mine!” Thus they argued before the king.

Then the king said: “One woman claims, ‘This, the living one, is my son, the dead one is yours.’ The other answers, ‘No! The dead one is your son, the living one is mine.’”

The king continued, “Get me a sword.” When they brought the sword before the king, he said, “Cut the living child in two, and give half to one woman and half to the other.”

The woman whose son was alive, because she was stirred with compassion for her son, said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby—do not kill it!” But the other said, “It shall be neither mine nor yours. Cut it in two!”

The king then answered, “Give her the living baby! Do not kill it! She is the mother.” When all Israel heard the judgment the king had given, they were in awe of him, because they saw that the king had in him the wisdom of God for giving right judgment.

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“The blind regain their sight,
the lame walk, lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor
have the good news proclaimed to them. ”

– Luke 7:22

When asked if Jesus is the Messiah, He responds by asking us to look and see what He has done. At this point, Jesus has performed many miracles, so His response is simply, “You see what I am doing, who do you think I am?”

The answer, of course, is that Jesus is the Messiah! The wonderful works He performs shows us the depth of His love for the world and we cannot doubt that He is Lord and has come to set us free from our sins.

Let us pray…

Dear Jesus,

You came and healed those who needed healing and preached the good news to all who would listen. Heal my heart, Lord, from any doubts I may have that You truly are the Christ. I am so blessed to have You as my Savior!

Transform my heart, Jesus, during this Advent season, that I may always do as You did: reaching out to those in need and speaking Truth to those who will listen.

Amen.


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