Solomon’s Love for Wisdom

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The Queen of Sheba visits Solomon
The Queen of Sheba visits King Solomon

Picture courtesy of lavistachurchofchrist.org

In our reading today Solomon talks of Wisdom as his bride, a woman he has loved and chased after since his youth. More anthropomorphic personification, but the spirit of Wisdom and the spirit of Truth may be the same - the Holy Spirit.

Solomon had big shoes to fill - his father King David had been the greatest King in Israel’s history. David had consolidated the country and protected them from their enemies. After spending most of his life wielding a sword and fighting battles, he handed to his son a nation at peace and most importantly plans and preparations for building a Temple for God. Solomon didn’t want to stuff it up so when God spoke to him in a dream and said, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon asked for Wisdom.

Down through the ages, knowledge and wisdom have been highly prized by civilised men. The mark of wisdom – for many people – has been the number of books they possessed. But Solomon’s wisdom wasn’t measured by the number of books he owned but by how much he wrote… and how much he knew…

“He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. - 1 Kings 4.

He spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish.

From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.” - 1 Kings 4:32-34

Among them the Queen of Sheba. She travelled nearly 1500 miles presenting Solomon with gifts and asking him hard questions to discover just how “wise” he was. Shocked by how well he answered she said:

“I did not believe what they said until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half the greatness of your wisdom was told me; you have far exceeded the report I heard.” - 2 Chronicles 9:6

Say the name “Solomon” today and the first word that comes to mind is WISDOM. His name is synonymous with wisdom. His love of wisdom brought him fame, wealth and respect. Solomon missed out on the love of his youth, the woman who inspired the Song of Solomon. But the Queen of Sheba, may have been the love of his life, they had a son together. So Wisdom, brought him everything, fame, wealth, and love.