It was written of King Solomon in 1 Kings4:33 ” He could speak with authority about all kinds of plants, from the great cedar of Lebanon to the tiny hyssop that grows from cracks in a wall. He could also speak about animals, birds, small creatures, and fish”. New Living Bible. It seems that nothing was to big or to small for Solomon to take an interest in it and try and understand it.
Knowledge is important. For some people “ignorance is bliss”, but they achieve little. Yet in 1 Cor8:1 Paul tells us that “Knowledge puffs up”. In other words the more we know the prouder we get. When Knowledge is enhanced by Wisdom good use of what we know follows. It is when these are sanctified by the fear of the Lord, that they reach their highest level.
No matter how much we know or how wise we are God knows more. His’ wisdom is past finding out.
Solomon had great knowledge and great wisdom. It was he who wrote “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding”. Prov 9:10. If only he kept his’ own advice. In his thirst for knowledge and experience he toyed with folly and indulged carnal pleasures and forgot the Lord. Many people hope that Ecclesiastes is evidence of coming to his’ senses
All our intellectual and other attainments must be laid in humility at the foot of the Cross. God has bestowed these things upon us and to His’ glory they must be consecrated.
Ultimately our knowledge and wisdom are finite. To trust in them alone is foolish , but to trust in in God and seek his’ wisdom is wisdom indeed.
I have often read that Actors who play Jesus or in Biblical themed Films or plays are asked how these roles affected them. Charlton Heston and the religious type films he made. Robert Powell who played Jesus in film etc.. How did it leave them and their beliefs. The expectation is that the playing the role and what it involves must leave some impression. Whether it does so in every case I leave to others.
No doubt even a superficial encounter with Christ gives some respect for Him. Even His’ enemies found a grudging respect for Him. Many people met Jesus in the “days of His’ flesh”. Unfortunately some were none the better for it.
It is through God’s revealing Christ to us, received by faith, that makes all the difference to the soul. This changes the life and makes encountering Christ a daily and eternal reality.
The Bushman’s Guide
W.Arnold Long in this remarkable little book relates the story of a daughter of a squatter being lost in the outback. An Aboriginal tracker is brought in to lead the search. After a time one of the other searchers exclaims” This old fool does not know what he’s doing”. The man was so offended he leaves the party and goes home. The search go on fruitlessly and eventually at the pleadings of the mother the old tracker returns to the search.
Unfortunately the little girl is found dead having been attacked by dingoes the night before.
The point being how much damage thoughtless and hurtful words can do.
James 3:1-12 gives fair warning on the damage the tongue the can cause in our earthly and spiritual relations. How much we need the Spirits overruling of what we say and how we say it.
Also it is a warning against despising the way of salvation. Norman Lindsay the famous atheist said it was ridiculous for someone to die for him. Yet the salvation which comes through the cross of Christ is the only way to God.