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Introduction to Proverbs, Ecclesiastes & Song of Solomon. 27 April 2008. Solomon . Son of David & Bathsheba Lived around 1000 BC Reigned 40 years, from about age 18-58. Solomon’s Request for Wisdom .
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Son of David & BathshebaLived around 1000 BCReigned 40 years, from about age 18-58
At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
And Solomon said: “… Your servant is in the midst of Your people who You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give you Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”
- 1 Kings 3:8,9 NKJV
Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.”
- 1 Kings 3:11,12 NKJV
But King Solomon loved many foreign women … from the nations of whom the LORD had said to the children of Israel, “You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods.” … And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines … when Solomon was old … his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God, as was the heart of his father David.
– 1 Kings 11:1-4 NKJV
Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? Yet among many nations there was no king like him, who was beloved of his God; and God made him king over all Israel. Nevertheless pagan women caused even him to sin.
– Nehemiah 13:26 NKJV
So the LORD became angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned from the LORD God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice, Therefore the LORD said to Solomon, “Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant. However I will not tear away the whole kingdom; I will give one tribe to your son for the sake of My servant David, and for the sake of Jerusalem which I have chosen.”
– 1 Kings 11:9,11,13 NKJV
View sexuality as God does – something good, but designed to be used only within the boundaries of marriage
Understand that men usually have a stronger sexual drive than women, and without this, few men would ever marry, and the human race would probably die out. God planned it this way.
The purpose of marriage from God’s point of view is to produce godly offspring (Mal. 2:15)
Understand the seriousness of fornication(any sexual relationship not approved by God, including pre-marital sex, adultery and homosexuality)Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits fornication sins against his own body.(1 Cor. 6:18)Fornication is idolatry and damages the resurrected body of a believer – IF he / she is a true believer – the willful sinner has no Biblical basis for assurance of salvation!
Avoid music, TV shows and movies that excite the passions.Flee youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (2 Tim. 2:22 NKJV)
In 1 Cor. 7, Paul says that it’s better not to marry, but if you can’t control yourself it’s not sin to marry.
Help the reader know wisdom and instruction (rather than foolishness and ignorance) – 1:2a
Help the reader perceive the words of understanding (rather than not understand) – 1:2b
Help the reader receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity (rather than stubbornly keep acting like a child, not understanding justice, judgment and fairness) – 1:3
Help simple / immature people gain prudence (rather than saying and doing stupid things all the time) – 1:4a
Help young men gain knowledge and discretion (rather than waste their time, money and strength on meaningless, fun activities that benefit no one) – 1:4b
To help a wise man increase his ability to learn (so he can maximize his potential to help others) – 1:5a
To help a man of understanding gather wise counsel or accountability (rather than go through life learning lessons the hard way or perhaps falling into sin due to lack of anyone to warn or rebuke him) – 1:5b
To help the reader understand truths that are hidden from most people but reserved only for the wise (rather than being satisfied to know only the information spoon-fed by TV, radio and gossip) – 1:6
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – Pr. 1:7 NKJV
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
– James 3:13-16 NKJV
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
– James 3:17,18 NKJV
Develop a healthy fear of God. Remember, respect is on your terms and does not require submission; fear is on God’s terms and requires obedient submission to His commands
As you read through Proverbs, write down and memorize the ones that speak most to your own personal need and pray for God’s help to change your bad habits
Be willing to take correction rather than resent it
Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come … when you lose your strength, lose your hearing, lose your good eyesight, lose your courage, lose your sexual desire …(Ecc. 12:1-5)
Don’t give all your time, money and strength to things that will not last. Be sure to invest time in the Word of God, building your relationship with Jesus and serving whomever God puts into your life, especially your husband and children.
Memorize some to remind you of sober truths about life
Visit old people to learn from their lives and and imagine what you might be like when you grow old – to keep life in perspective