By Melanie Dees Campbell
Marshall Ministerial Alliance
Hearing believers and friends in leadership and Pastoral service speak of Solomon’s riches implying they/we should be as wealthy while ignoring Solomon’s offense to the Lord, grieves me.
The wisest man on earth regarding social justice and proverbs disobeyed the Lord in his personal life. The blatant disobedience to God’s directive after God appeared to him twice severed the kingdom from his heirs. Told not to worship false Gods or have too many wives (Deut. 17:14-18), Solomon took 700 wives and 300 concubines.
In Hebrew Solomon means “Man of Peace”. Some foreign wives and concubines were to make peace with other nations. His disobedience to God’s directive was erecting pagan idols for these women, eventually worshiping idols with them. Guilty of not prioritizing his relationship with God; Solomon chose wrongly to appease the women in his life.
Wisdom and prosperity of wealth should never be at the cost of losing a committed relationship with the Lord. We all need material things but we have to obey our Lord prioritizing correctly putting God first. Jesus/Yahshua said in Matthew 6:29, “And yet I say unto you. That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these”. The lily parable is clear in that our Savior taught that we should not worry about material possessions. The people listening understood the flowers' use. Lilies (wildflowers) were thrown into the ovens when dry to bake bread. God provided them with beautiful raiment to be enjoyed but they had a purpose.
How much more will the Lord guide and provide for us who are made in His image? Our success is in staying in obedient love. Our Savior was teaching the non-permanence in material (physical things), reminding us to never compromise the eternal truths of the spiritual.
Does God want us to prosper? Yes, and we can learn from Solomon’s proverbs and his mistakes. Prosperity should not be self-serving at the cost of compromising God’s truth of the Holy Scriptures. Never should we accept or compromise to paganism, because eventually we could err and worship foreign gods. Let us always walk in the love and truth of the Messiah.
May we always remember Ha Satan, the enemy of our souls, is a liar. Let us learn the word of God correctly and like Yahshua/Jesus know what is written, to answer correctly with the scriptures. May we walk in the footsteps of our Lord, the Word made flesh, with the Holy Spirit/Rosh Ha Kodesh; knowing we are never alone, honoring God by making the right decisions, living in obedience because we love him.
This holy season many will celebrate Resurrection Sunday combining it with a Messianic Passover. The last day of Passover this year is on Resurrection Sunday. When we see a lily we can meditate on how much we are loved. We can prioritize correctly embracing Solomon’s wisdom of Proverb 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”
Blessings and Shalom