by Jerry Vines

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Big Lessons from Little Creatures (12 of 12)
Series: Proverbs for Parents
Jerry Vines
Proverbs 30:24-28

Of course, we know that Solomon was a great king of Israel. His father was King David. Now, Solomon became the successor to his father and was indeed a great king. We also know that the Bible teaches us that Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. Do you know the account of how Solomon became the wisest man who ever lived? The Bible tells us that when Solomon became the king, on a night, the Lord came to Solomon and said to him, ''Ask what you will. Ask anything you will of me and I will give it to you.'' God just extended a blank check to Solomon and told him to just fill in the details.

What would you do this morning if God should do that to you? If God should just say to you, ask what you will and I will give it unto you, what would be your request? The young man Solomon replied to the Lord like this. ''Lord, I'm just a child. I don't know how to lead these people. I pray that you will give me a wise and understanding heart so I will know how to lead your people.'' And the Bible said that his request so pleased the Lord and so excited the Lord that the Lord said to him, ''Because you have made this request to me, I am going to give you wisdom like the world has never known before and in addition to that I'm going to give you great riches and fame.'' That's what the Bible says God did. Solomon became the wisest man who ever lived.

On one occasion the Queen of Sheba came to Solomon. She had heard of the great wisdom of this man and she came to try him with all of her hard questions. When he had answered all of her questions, she was astounded and amazed. She said, ''The half has not been told.'' He was the wisest man who ever lived.

We are told in I Kings 4, verse 32 that Solomon spoke 3000 proverbs and that his songs were 1005. Then it tells us that he spoke of trees. ''From the cedar tree that is in Lebanon and even unto the hyssop that spr ...

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