Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Is there anyone better than Solomon? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that JESUS CHRIST is better than Solomon. IV. TEXT: 1 Kings 4:29 (New Living Translation, Second Edition) God gave Solomon v
Is there anyone better than Solomon?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that JESUS CHRIST is better than Solomon.
1 Kings 4:29 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore.
CHRIST is much better than Solomon so we're better than King Solomon because of CHRIST in us.
Better than Solomon
A. 1 Kings - second in a series of three double books: 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, and 1 & 2 Chronicles, originally they were single books Samuel, Kings and Chronicles, the Septuagint translators made the division
The Septuagint translators were the ones who made the divisions, and they did so more or less for the convenience of the reader.—Source:
J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
B. Traditional writer: Prophet Jeremiah
C. Common expression: "as David his father" occurred 9 times
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. His wisdom is very great
1. Wisdom came from the Hebrew word:"chokmah" meaning good sense, skillful and Understanding came from the Hebrew word:"tabun" meaning intelligence, discretion, reason, skillfulness, understanding, wisdom.
2. But in James 1:5, wisdom came from the Greek word:"sophia" meaning wisdom (higher or lower, worldly or spiritual) wisdom, that is what's available to anyone who is a believer in the New Covenant of Grace, pure wisdom not just good sense or skillful, but it covers all.
B. His understanding, no one can equal
Luke 11:31 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
“The queen of Sheba will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here—but you refuse to listen.
Matthew 12:42 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
The queen of Sheba will also stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here—but you refuse to listen.
Read the whole chapter of 1 Kings 10
2. Queen of Sheba or the South believed King Solomon without signs or miracles shown her.
1 Corinthians 1:27 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.
1 Corinthians 3:19 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.”
1 John 4:4 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
1 Corinthians 2:16 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.
Yes, King Solomon's wisdom is very great and his understanding no one can equal but his wisdom is wordly wisdom. Whoever is born of CHRIST, or whoever accepted the LORD JESUS CHRIST as LORD, MASTER, GOD and SAVIOR is greater than King Solomon because what we have is Heavenly wisdom and we have the mind of CHRIST. King Solomon took him a lot of animal sacrifices to get GOD's attention but in the New Covenant of Grace, we can ask the LORD anytime for Heavenly wisdom and not worldly wisdom since we already have the Perfect Sacrifice within us, that is the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the Perfect Lamb of GOD.
James 1:5 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
King Solomon is wise indeed but never became faithful to GOD, but the LORD JESUS CHRIST is wise and faithful and He's inside of us, and we have His mind.
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