This is part two of our discussion on the topic, “understanding the overall profitability of wisdom.” I hope that you have read part one for a better understanding.
Please GO HERE to read part one. We ended part one with a reference to Bezalel, how God filled him with wisdom and understanding. We are told that the same Bezalel in 2 Chronicles 1:5 used the wisdom God endowed him with wisdom to make a bronze altar that was at Gibeon.
In this segment, we shall be looking at the record of the man Solomon which can be seen in 2 Chronicles 1:5 But the bronze altar that Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made was in Gibeon in front of the tabernacle of the Lord; so Solomon and the assembly inquired of him there.
As 1 Kings 3:3-9 recorded, Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the statutes of his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.
The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.
At Gibeon, the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
In reply, Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.
“Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number.
So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great person of yours?
According to 1 Kings 3:10-13, The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies, but for discernment in administering justice,
I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. The book of 1 King 4:29-30 confirmed it, saying, “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the seashore.
And Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. The book of 1 King 10:23-24 showed the result of Solomon’s wisdom, and why wisdom is profitable to direct, saying, “So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.
Because of the wisdom of Solomon, we are told that all the earth sought Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. That is to say, once it is confirmed that we possess the wisdom, our society will always seek for us as the earth sought for Solomon.
Moreover, the book of Proverbs 8:11-14 says, For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. I, wisdom dwells with prudence and find out knowledge of witty inventions. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
Also, Proverbs 16:16 says, How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding be chosen rather than silver! Furthermore, Proverbs 9:1 says that wisdom has built her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: and Ecclesiastes 7:11 equally say, wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it, there is profit to them that see the sun.
In addition, Ecclesiastes 7:12 again says, “For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
Other things Solomon said of wisdom about why it is profitable to direct can be seen in Ecclesiastes 9:16 which says, then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless, the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
Also, in the book of Ecclesiastes 9:18 Solomon equally says, “wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.
While the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 33:6 summarized it, saying, “and wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure. This is the end of part two, please keep a date with us as we will continue in part three. Shalom!