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Proverbial Reconciliation (10 of 11)
INTRODUCTION: Solomon can be a very confusing individual as we will see as we continue through this study of his writings... because you see
- He wrote the Song of Solomon, but he got marriage so wrong.
- He taught much about dealing soberly with wine but in Ecc. he experienced with how to stimulate his body with wine.
- He taught much about being free from the power of wealth, but in Ecc. He says that he didn't refuse his eyes anything they saw.
Now we don't study the writings of Solomon because he was great, not even because he was wise, we study Solomon because he was inspired. Not in the sense Shakespeare was inspired to write Hamlet, but in the sense of 2 Peter 1:21 (NASB95) 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
Much of Solomon's life started right and ended wrong, however there is one area where it seems Solomon practiced what he preached...it was in the area of Peace Making.
1 Kings 4:24-26 (ESV)
24 ....he had peace on all sides around him. 25 And Judah and Israel lived in safety, from Dan even to Beersheba, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, all the days of Solomon.
Solomon lead Israel to a greater peace than it had experienced under the rule of David.
Greater peace than it would ever experience again until it is lead by the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
Christianity is at it's CORE... RELATIONAL. You have have accurate doctrine, yet no relationship the God of whom your doctrine speaks. You have have appropriate behavior, yet no relationship with the God you are trying to appease. Christianity is at it's core relational, it is about an Offended God who has in love pursued the offender, adopted the offender and promised to love the offender forever. That is the essence of redemption... now if anyone ought to master relationships it ought to be ...
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