Only the Spirit of God can provide the ability to apply even the best of knowledge and information. But the good news is: the wisdom we need is ours for the asking!
1 Kings 7 & 8
1 Kings 7 & 8:
The last days
The description of the temple is beautiful and amazing to me. Many believe that, even now, preparations are being made to rebuild it, which Scripture tells us will happen as part of the events of the last days. At that time the Jews will resume temple worship.
What an exciting time in which we live. It’s quite possible that our generation will see the return of Jesus for His church (the Rapture) and certainly are, even now, seeing many of the events leading up to that time (Matt. 24.36).
Because of Your temple …
As I read verse 29, “Because of Your temple at Jerusalem, kings will bring presents to You,” it reminded me of part of Solomon’s prayer in 1 Kings 8.60-61, “that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God; there is no other. Let your heart therefore be loyal to the LORD our God, to walk in His statutes and keep His commandments, as at this day.”
The “presents” in Psalm 68 represent giving honor to the King, in this case the “King of kings,” Jesus Christ. Today we are the temple in which the Spirit of God dwells. Just as the magnificence of Solomon’s Temple was to cause people to see the awesome God for whom it was built, so today, others should see and give honor to our King because of our lives.
Knowledge without wisdom
Verse 16, “Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom, since he has no heart for it?”
People with the ability to “buy” wisdom have always surrounded themselves with advisers. The Pharaoh’s of Egypt had their wisemen, as did the Babylonian and other pagan kings. The Jewish kings also had their advisers. In modern times even criminals and kingpins have their lawyers and accountants.
In reality, it’s impossible to “buy” wisdom even if we have the “purchase price.” We may be able to buy information, but we need God’s Spirit and His wisdom to apply it in wise and godly ways.
But the good news is, when we have the Spirit of God because we belong to Him, the wisdom we need is ours for the asking (Jas. 1.5).
For His glory
Here is, as John MacArthur put it, “the climactic and most dramatic sign in this Gospel.” One of my favorite verses in this passage is verse 4 when Jesus said,
“… This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
How does God want to use our sicknesses and infirmities today? Even though He does not always heal us or raise the dead, at least not in this life, He still intends it for His glory. And He has promised that His glory and our good are connected (Rom. 8.28-29)!