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Monday, October 24, 2011

Building on Wisdom

We have seen that King David had left to his son the plan, finances, and materials to build the temple. Solomon sought and asked God for wisdom and it was granted. Now it was time to build on this wisdom both literally and spiritually.

In our search for wisdom we may feel like the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz in his search for a brain. It’s so close but we just can’t attain it.
At the end of the movie we see the scene where the “Great and Powerful Oz” helps him see that he is indeed quite a smart fellow. The scarecrow is given a doctorate of “Thinkology”, and he realizes that he does have much knowledge. God wants to assure you that you can have access to His knowledge and wisdom through His Word and He wants to build on it!

 Look at 1 Kings 6:1-7, and Solomon’s preparations for building the Temple. He was ready to build on what had been given to him.

In the four hundred and eightieth[a] year after the Israelites came out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month, he began to build the temple of the LORD. 2 The temple that King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits long, twenty wide and thirty high. 3 The portico at the front of the main hall of the temple extended the width of the temple that is twenty cubits, and projected ten cubits from the front of the temple. 4 He made narrow windows high up in the temple walls. 5 Against the walls of the main hall and inner sanctuary he built a structure around the building, in which there were side rooms. 6 The lowest floor was five cubits wide, the middle floor six cubits and the third floor seven. He made offset ledges around the outside of the temple so that nothing would be inserted into the temple walls. 7 In building the temple, only blocks dressed at the quarry were used, and no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool was heard at the temple site while it was being built.

Solomon was committed to build the Temple and on his wisdom the way God desired. In 1 Kings 5:7 the king of Tyre said, “Praise be to the LORD today, for he has given David a wise son to rule over this great nation.”

Let’s commit today to build on the wisdom that God has given to us. Amen?

Have a good Godly day.