22 April 2022
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What we can learn from Solomon

Speaker: Apostle Ernie

In 1. King 3:5-15, we read this: 5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
6 Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my Father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.
7 “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my Father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. 14 And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your Father did, I will give you a long life.” 15 Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream.

What would you have said if Yehovah allowed you to ask for whatever you wanted? (verse 5). Most of us would probably ask for what we need; for some of us, it would be healing or provision so we can pay our bills and feed our family. What would you have said if you were in Solomon’s shoes in verse 5?

Solomon asked for a discerning heart and to distinguish between right and wrong. When you read verse 9 in Hebrew, he asks to understand Moses’s Tora and how to apply the Tora to his personal life and his duties as king. The Bible says, in verse 10, this pleased Yehovah, so God did not only grant him his desires. He also gave him what he did not ask for wealth and honor, and if Solomon would walk in obedience to the Tora, Yehovah would also give him a long life.

In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus says we are not to worry about our needs because our heavenly Father is more than willing to give us what we desire and what we need. The only thing we need to do is first seek the Kingdom of Yehovah and His righteousness, and then all of these things (our needs) will be given to us. The Kingdom of Yehovah and His righteousness are two Hebrew idioms referring to the Tora (the law of Moses.) So what Jesus is telling us to do is what Solomon did. Do not be concerned with our needs; instead, choose to focus on the Tora and live by it; then, you can know for sure Yehovah will give you what you desire.

What Solomon did and what Jesus is telling us to do is so contrary to what we are being taught in most churches today. Most churches teach us it is the will of God to heal, care for us, and provide for us if we believe Jesus died for our sins. So the only thing we need to do is to have faith in the cross of Christ, and then we can know for sure God will meet all of our needs. How we live our lives does not matter, as long as we adhere to church doctrine and tradition that the Bible can not back up.

On the other hand, the Bible teaches us that our God the God of Abraham, Isac, and Jacob. The God of Israel, of Jesus, whose name is Yehovah, is more than willing and more than able to meet all of our needs as long as we remain in Christ. (Phil 4:19). In 1. John 2, the Bible says we are in Christ when we live our lives the way He did, in obedience to the Tora of Moses.

What matters most to you? What the Bible says, or what your church teaches? If there is a discrepancy between what the Bible says and what your church teaches, you should always choose the Bible.

The Bible clearly says if we make it our priority to obey Moses’s law, learn the law of Moses, and live by the law of Moses, then Yehovah will make it His priority to meet our needs. (1. King 3:5-15, Matt 6:25-34)

This is where it gets challenging because if we obey the Bible, we dont get the privilege to worry when we have an unmet need in our lives. Why? Because if we truly believe what the Bible says in Matt 6:25-34, 1. King 3 and James 1, we have to accept that worrying is a sign of unbelief. How? When you do everything that the Bible tells you to do, but you still worry, you tell Yehovah you dont believe He is willing and capable of doing what He said He would do. James 1 and the book of Hebrews warn us against this and tell us this is a great sin.

So what are you to do if you have a need in your life right now? It is a genuine need for healing, provision, or whatever it might be; how do you handle the situation biblically?

By doing what Solomon did and what Jesus tells us to do, obey the Tora of Moses and trust Yehovah to heal you, provide for you or meet whatever need you might have.