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The Pinnacle of Wisdom is Passionate Love for Christ
Ephesians 6:12 (ESV)
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
- wrestling (a contest between two in which each endeavours to throw the other, and which is decided when the victor is able to hold his opponent down with his hand upon his neck)
- the term is transferred to the Christian's struggle with the power of evil
1 Kings 3:5-13 (ESV)
5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.”
6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day.
7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in.
8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude.
9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”
10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.
11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,
12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.
13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.
1 Kings 4:29-34 (ESV)
29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore,
30 so that Solomon's wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.
31 For he was wiser than all other men, wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol, and his fame was 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 to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish.
34 And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.
Solomon received supernatural wisdom from the Lord.
No one had ever had the level of insight and discernment that he possessed.
He had it in every dimension of life, especially the heart.
-3000 proverbs of which we have 800 in the book of Proverbs
-1005 songs of which the Song Solomon is called the Song of Songs
Proverbs declares the wisdom of wisdom
Ecclesiastes proclaims the vanity of vanities
Song of Solomon proclaims the Song of Songs
Though glorious principles are proclaimed by Solomon as well as warnings of vanity in life, the pinnacle of wisdom is found in the Song of Songs.
The Song of Solomon reveals that whole hearted experiential love for Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment in life.
This is not new in that Jesus will say that the first and foremost commandment is not a "thou shalt" or "thou shalt not" but rather:
Matthew 22:37-38 (ESV)
37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
38 This is the great and first commandment.
This commandment was given in Deuteronomy 6 through Moses who moved from reluctant fearful speaker to passionate hungry man for the presence of God.
So..I am pleading for us all to walk in supernatural wisdom which reveals that the human heart finds its highest meaning and fulfillment in passionate intimacy with Jesus.
So the opposite of walking in wisdom is walking in ignorance, folly, or stupidity.
The enemy, and worldly spirit, are seducing us regularly to walk out life with a heart of folly.
Religious words and actions will never fulfill the heart of man or Jesus.
Matthew 15:8-9 (ESV)
8 “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;
9 in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”
Are you growing in heart-nearness to Jesus?
How do we do that?
1. We ask by faith for hearts "sick with love" for Him showing our desire.
2. We surrender and receive the deep work of Spirit who is working inside us to transform our heart-appetites.
3. We practice adoration with our hearts, minds, and mouths.
4. We violently divorce other lovers that steal our precious affections.
5. We fellowship with other weak lovers of Jesus letting their fiery hearts stir up our passions.