June 3, 2013

Today you should read: 1 Kings 3:16-28

Our passage today contains a well-known story, and it displays Solomon’s great wisdom. Here’s a summary of the story: Two women had babies. One of the new born babies died in the middle of the night. The mother of the deceased baby took the living baby from the other mother while she slept and replaced it with the deceased baby. The mother awoke to see that the dead child was not hers, and that the other mother actually had her living baby. Umm, can you say, “DRAMA?”

Of course the mother of the living child wanted her child back so she took the case before Solomon. With great wisdom, Solomon solved the seemingly unsolvable issue and the rightful mother got her baby back. Verse 28 says that when all Israel heard of the judgment that Solomon had made, they feared Him because they saw the great wisdom of God in Him.

Solomon was revered amongst the Israelites. He is often referred to as the wisest man who ever lived. That’s a lofty title to have. In the New Testament, there is evidence of how Solomon was highly esteemed. As wise and great as Solomon was in the eyes of the Jews in the New Testament, there was One who was greater than him. Look what Jesus said:

The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.—Matthew 12:42

“In other words, Jesus was saying that His judgment was even greater than Solomon’s judgment, that His wisdom was even greater than Solomon’s wisdom. And we are thankful for that, because we know from the Scriptures that Jesus will be our Judge when this life is over. Solomon, then, becomes a picture (a symbol) of a much more important judgment that is still coming at some point in the future, a time when the Lord, “…will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left” (Matthew 25:31‐33).”— (emphasis added) Rev. Baxter Exum

The Bible teaches that we respond to God’s coming judgment by receiving the free gift of forgiveness that Christ offers to us, by turning away from our sin, and by surrendering to His Lordship. When we receive this salvation, we are guaranteed that the Wise Judge has declared us not guilty and we will be counted among His sheep.

I don’t know about you, but this passage points me toward Christ and reminds me of the assurance I have in Christ of a relationship with Him and eternal life in heaven. There’s a restful peace that comes from this assurance.

Posted by: Rich Duffield

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Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

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