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Opening THE Book with Rev John K-S July 2022

REV JOHN K-S 05-2021Rev John Kinchin-Smith
Assistant Minister, St Andrew’s Church, Gorleston


The Bible offers a gold mine of beautiful poetry, extraordinary history and wonderful teaching. Indeed it is said, the Bible contains everything necessary for abundant and eternal life. Among the nuggets of gold buried away in the Old Testament is the “Book of Proverbs”. This book begins: “The proverbs of Solomon, son of David and king of Israel. Here are proverbs that will help you to recognise wisdom and good advice, and understand sayings with deep meanings. They can teach you how to live intelligently and how to be honest, just, and fair
At the beginning of the 10th century BC, Solomon’s power, wealth, and fame eclipsed those of almost every other king in the world. His story can be found in the early chapters of the “First Book of Kings”. One night the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you”. Rather than ask for wealth or a long life, Solomon asked God to give him a discerning heart to govern God’s people and to distinguish between right and wrong
God was pleased that Solomon had asked for this and said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for – both riches and honour – so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life”. It is recorded that kings all over the world heard of Solomon’s wisdom and sent people to listen to him. The most well-known of these was the Queen of Sheba
We all know and use proverbs such as “a stitch in time saves nine” or “don’t cross your bridges before you come to them”. But the proverbs of King Solomon contain wisdom of a different order. Many will be familiar to you. We will read some of them next month


published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine


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