Wisdom and the Creation

From I Kings:

29 Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore. 30 Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 For he was wiser than all men… and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations. 32 He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. 33 He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish. 34 Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.

If you don’t know, King Solomon of Israel was renowned for his wisdom. The story goes that when Solomon became king of Israel, God asked him what he wanted most. Solomon asked for wisdom. Because of this, God also blessed him with riches and fame. You can read all about that on your own in the biblical book of First Kings.

What I find interesting is that Solomon also knew all about the creation. In a quick bit of study, I learned that other versions of the Bible translate the hebrew word for “spoke” into “taught”. He knew this stuff and he talked about it.

For just a moment this morning as I read these verses, I felt like I could relate to this ancient Israelite king. Like we might bump into each other down along the Boardman River and excitedly share our pics of the day. We might tell each other where we could see an otter playing or an eagle’s nest.

And then that sassy side of me wonders: Does wisdom come from studying the creation? Or is the study of the creation just a practice of the wise?

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