Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 15, 2015

“For wisdom is better than jewels … power is mine … By me kings reign … Riches and honor are with me Enduring wealth and righteousness.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Kings Chapter 4.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Kings+4&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“20 Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand that is on the seashore in abundance; they were eating and drinking and rejoicing.

21 Now Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the River to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt;  they brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life.

22 Solomon’s provision for one day was thirty kors of fine flour and sixty kors of meal, 23 ten fat oxen, twenty pasture-fed oxen, a hundred sheep besides deer, gazelles, roebucks, and fattened fowl.  24 For he had dominion over everything west of the River, from Tiphsah even to Gaza, over all the kings west of the River;  and he had peace on all sides around about him.  25 So Judah and Israel lived in safety, every man under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.  26 Solomon had 40,000 stalls of horses for his chariots, and 12,000 horsemen.  27 Those deputies provided for King Solomon and all who came to King Solomon’s table, each in his month;  they left nothing lacking.  28 They also brought barley and straw for the horses and swift steeds to the place where it should be, each according to his charge.

29 Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore.  30 Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.  31 For he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations.  32 He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.  33 He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish.  34 Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.”  1 Kings 4:20-34.

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In the very first verse of the Scripture I quoted above, we read the consequential blessings to the people that flowed from the wisdom of God given to Solomon to administer justice for others, the theme of yesterday’s Scripture.  “Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand that is on the seashore in abundance;  they were eating and drinking and rejoicing.”  Verse 20.

“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
But when a wicked man rules, people groan.”  Proverbs 29:2.

We also read the lavish blessings that daily came to Solomon.  Verses 22-28.

More generally, and in a summary, Solomon wrote the following blessings of wisdom in one of his proverbs.

“11 “For wisdom is better than jewels;
And all desirable things cannot compare with her.

12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
And I find knowledge and discretion.
13 “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way
And the perverted mouth, I hate.
14 “Counsel is mine and sound wisdom;
I am understanding, power is mine.
15 “By me kings reign,
And rulers decree justice.
16 “By me princes rule, and nobles,
All who judge rightly.
17 “I love those who love me;
And those who diligently seek me will find me.
18 “Riches and honor are with me,
Enduring wealth and righteousness.
19 “My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold,
And my yield better than choicest silver.
20 “I walk in the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice,
21 To endow those who love me with wealth,
That I may fill their treasuries.”  Proverbs 8:11-21.

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