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Wisdom vs. Knowledge July 16, 2012

Posted by regan222 in Books, General Ranting, Religion.
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Here is my Sunday School lesson for 7/15.  We were looking at Solomon and the two harlots who each claimed the living baby.  I am just posting the outline this time…

I.  Wisdom Defined:

A.    Wisdom: 1. The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.  2. The soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of such experience, knowledge, and good judgment.

Wisdom is an action trait.  It is only valuable if used.  By contrast, knowledge is merely a collection of facts and information.  It does not require action in order to justify its existence.  Wisdom must be put to work.

Solomon knew he needed God’s help in order to be a wise ruler.  Part of wisdom is experience.  Solomon was very young, and, having grown up in the palace, was likely sheltered from much of the experience that many people receive growing up.  Solomon, did, however, have the knowledge of his own limitations.  There is much wisdom in him even before the Lord blesses him.

And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.

And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.

And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

Solomon knew what he needed to rule well.  He knew the only source for that kind of wisdom was the source and font of all wisdom.  He understood that discernment was more important to a ruler than military might or riches or any other characteristic.

II. Wisdom Displayed

A. Most believers are familiar with the story of the two harlots.  Solomon knew, from a very brief exposure to these two that the child’s true mother would react as she did.  Solomon also depended on God to make sure everything went according to his plan.

B. Solomon knew that there are some basic human tenets that are constant even among the morally questionable.  Mothers love their children.  It is ingrained.  The child’s mother would much rather see him raised by some other woman than to see him killed.  The other woman really did not care, though no doubt she was heartbroken about the death of her own child.

III. Wisdom Departed

A. Unfortunately Solomon did not maintain the course of wisdom in his later years.  The condition that God placed on Solomon’s life was that if Solomon would follow in the ways of the Lord all his life then God would add days to his life.

B. Solomon allowed unequal yokemates to enter his life.  He married outside of his faith and allowed the immorality of his foreign wives to lead him from the paths of righteousness, and unfortunately, wisdom as well.  Solomon might have ruled years longer if only he had not allowed foolishness and sin to cloud his judgement.

1Kings 11:3  And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.

For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.

Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.

And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.

Solomon lost the chance to establish a dynasty and had the kingdom stripped from the royal family because of his wickedness.



1. Laurel Scales - July 17, 2012

Wonderful presentation. How soon we may forget the lessons learned early in life.

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