The Gift of Solomon
by Rabbi Dennis Richards. If the spirit of God visited you today and promised you to give you any one thing that you asked. What would you ask for? Remember it would be for your lifetime. Luxury, riches, long life? What happened to Solomon when he asked for Wisdom. David’s son Solomon was given this very opportunity when he took to the throne. God appeared to Solomon and asked what he would like to be given. Solomon responded, “You have dealt with my father David with great loving kindness, and have made me King in his place, now, O Yahweh Elohim, your promise to my father David is fulfilled, for you have made me King over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth, give me now Wisdom and Knowledge that I may go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this great people, of yours.” Simply that fact that Solomon asked for Wisdom and Knowledge impressed God. It showed that Solomon’s heart was right before God at that time. Yahweh responds to Solomon’s request, saying that because you have asked for Wisdom and Knowledge and not riches, long life, or the life of your enemies, I will give you riches and wealth, more than any other King of Israel has had before. I believe that the wealth was a test, to see how Solomon would handle the Wisdom and Knowledge given him by God. If God gave you what you wanted and then he gave you more, you have to wonder why he gave you more. Everything we do in this life is a test. God will give us desires of our heart.
Proverbs were written to reveal the mysteries of God. and Proverbs were written to reveal the mysteries of God, they reveal a true lesson.
For instruction and wisdom, for understanding, to gain an understanding of judgement and iniquity, to give a simple the simple prudence, to offer discretion and knowledge to the young, to increase the wisdom of somebody already wise, to come to understand wise counsel so that enigmas or signs and proverbs may be understood so that the riddles of the wise may be understood.
It is likely that Solomon wrote all of the proverbs. Proverbs is a Spiritual book on how to live in the spiritual Kingdom of God. It has nothing to do with the secular world at all.
Wisdom, Understanding, the Commandments or the Laws of God, Sin and Iniquity, the breaking of God’s law, comparisons between God’s ways and man’s way of life.