Solomon, 3rd King of the Kingdom of Israel became the wisest and most knowledgeable King that ever was and ever will be. No man after him will ever match his knowledge and wisdom. (see verse 12).
1 Kings 3
5 In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
7 And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;
12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.
13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.
14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.
Solomon did ask God for Riches, he knew of his responsibility and chose the gift of Wisdom.
Man can be wicked
Our ancestors had more time and opportunities to advance their knowledge due to their life spans. Yet knowledge and time failed to give them Wisdom. On the contrary what they did was to corrupt every living thing in the World. And that brought the wrath of God upon them. Not only did God cleanse the World, he set a limit on our life span, to prevent us from becoming again crazed scientists.
Prior to Gods decree in Genesis 6:3, men lived in some cases over 900 years. But because of his wickedness, God limited man’s life span to 120 years.
3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
Are we wise enough to not repeat the same errors our ancestors made? They lived long lives and the fruit of the centuries of acquired knowledge was only to cause violence, and corrupt all that God had created.
I believe that man was so advanced, that his imagination took him to where we are getting today: Genetic Manipulations. Not knowing what triggered God to destroy the Earth, could cause us to lack the wisdom to not go there. God did promise to never use water again, but he did tell us he would use fire.
Can’t we learn from the experiences of others?
Any man that wishes to gain a portion of Solomon’s knowledge and wisdom should read what Solomon said and wrote:
- Proverbs is a source of knowledge and wisdom Solomon was given by God.
- Song of Solomon