Wednesday, December 5, 2012

2 Chronicles 1-4 Solomon's Wisdom & Knowledge

2 Chron 1:11-12 God said to Solomon, "Since this is your heart's desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, riches and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have."

2 Chron 2:12-14 And Hiram added: "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who made heaven and earth! He has given King David a wise son, endowed with intelligence and discernment, who will build a temple for the Lord and a palace for himself. I am sending you Huram-Abi, a man of great skill, whose mother was from Dan and whose father was from Tyre. He is trained to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, and with purple and blue and crimson yarn and fine linen. He is experienced in all kinds of engraving and can execute any design given to him. He will work with your craftsmen and with those of my lord, David your father. 

2 Chron 4:19-22 Solomon also made all the furnishings that were in God's temple: the golden altar; the tables on which was the bread of the Presence; the lampstands of pure gold with their lamps, to burn in front of the inner sanctuary as prescribed; the gold floral work and lamps and tongs (they were solid gold); the pure gold wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, dishes and censers; and the gold doors of the temple: the inner doors to the Most Holy Place and the doors of the main hall.

Solomon has asked for the most basic ingredients for success: wisdom and knowledge. With wisdom and knowledge, one can accomplish great things - exercise great leadership, acquire great wealth and honors. It's not family pedigree, nor political connections nor "guanxi" that will determine our success--it's divine wisdom and knowledge. It's one thing that we all must possess above everything else because everything else flows out of these twin-gifts. And Solomon asked for these twin gifts that would allow him to become a great king and leader. 

We thank God that every child of God now possesses through Christ these twin gifts of wisdom and knowledge: "I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation (knowledge), so that you may know him better". Wisdom is the ability to make the best decisions based on the knowledge (revelation) we received from the Spirit. We need divine knowledge (the what) to inform divine wisdom (the how) so that the best decisions can be made that will guarantee a successful outcome.

So every believer already possesses these twin gifts of the wisdom and knowledge because God has given us His Spirit when we put our faith in Him. But God did not just give us these twin-gifts, but He has given all believers the Giver, who comes to us with every  spiritual gift and blessing in the heavenly places! It's like having Santa Claus in your house instead of some of his gifts in the socks! That is why Jesus declares in Luke 11:13 something which on the surface, seems quite incongruous: "If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" If we are asking God for "good gifts" (e.g. bread, fish, etc), why would God give us His Holy Spirit instead? Well, it becomes astounding when we realize that God's answer to our prayer for "good gifts" is the Good Gifts Giver! When we have the Good Gifts Giver (Holy Spirit), we have all the good gifts--including those we did not ask for! Hallelujah!

Solomon's first demonstration of divine wisdom and knowledge was his temple-building project. There are two characteristics of divine wisdom and knowledge:

(1) Knowing where to get help (KNOWLEDGE): Solomon employed "foreign talents" to help him build the temple. He called upon Hiram of Tyre for help, for Tyre was a world renowned city in the ancient world for their skills in metal and woodwork: "Send me, therefore, a man skilled to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, and in purple, crimson and blue yarn, and experienced in the art of engraving, to work in Judah and Jerusalem with my skilled craftsmen, whom my father David provided" (2 Chron 2:7). He was not deterred by the fact that these "foreign talents" were not Israelites nor believers in the LORD God of Israel. He employed them for their artistic skills, not for their faith. We must recognize and accept the common grace gifts that God has given to all men, regardless of their faith.

(2) Knowing when to get involved (WISDOM): It was said that Solomon himself "built" the temple and "made" all the items for the temple, from foundation to superstructure to every item inside the temple. He did delegate the project to the workers and then went for a vacation to "take a break." Instead, Solomon was personally involved in the supervision of the entire project, down to the smallest details. It's unlikely he took up any tool but he supervised the workers how he wanted the temple and its articles to be designed and built. He was the master-architect and Huram-Abi was his chief engineer who translated Solomon's instructions into blueprints for the actual construction of the temple and the artifacts. 

Wisdom and revelation are twin-gifts that are indispensable for success. Ask God daily to be filled with His Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that we might be successful in every endeavour that God has called us to do. 

Father, what a gracious God You are! When we ask for gifts, You give us the Giver--much more than we ask for! Amen.

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