“And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all other men…. He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish. And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.” 1Kings 4:29-34
I want to dedicate the next 6 blog posts to a series I’ve been thinking about for a while. Solomon was a man of great wisdom. The Bible says that his wisdom and understanding was so vast that it almost seemed endless. Obviously, his wisdom was very broad—people were coming to him from all nations (even sent by kings) to hear what he had learned about nature and life. I would imagine that in Solomon’s day the people did not have many books (or scrolls) regarding science. They probably didn’t have many science teachers or classes. Obviously, they didn’t have Wikipedia. Knowledge, although attainable, was limited and traveled slowly. So, when a man came along who seemed to have more wisdom than any other it was notable.
Solomon knew much about the science of nature. God had revealed to him special wisdom regarding trees and plants and animals. He was an ancient biologist—the top in his field. People flocked to him for his observations and insights. There is even record in the Bible of the Queen of Sheba coming to visit with him! But, the science of biology is not all that God had given Solomon wisdom in. He had also obtained great knowledge regarding Sociology and Psychology. His two great books of wisdom, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, are filled with insight that is completely mind-blowing. That is the wisdom I am particularly interested in exploring from Solomon in this series.
More specifically, Solomon has provided a meaningful contribution to understanding lust, adultery, and love. These are the areas I really want to dig into. So, each post I’m going to search deeply into one section of his writings regarding these subjects. I hope that for myself it will be liberating and strength-building. Because the lust that’s eating me from the inside out is almost unbearable. I need wisdom and strength. I need insight. I believe that the truth sets us free. I hope I can find that to be the case in this matter. For you, as you take this journey alongside me, I hope it might open new doors in some aspect of your life. I don’t believe we can sit at the feet of one of the wisest men who ever lived and not be changed.