Day 20

O Come, True Wisdom

1 Kings 3:10-14, Luke 11:31, Matthew 13:10-17, Matthew 13:34-35, Mark 6:1-6, Colossians 2:2-3

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”

These words from actor Jim Carrey are striking, both for how counter-cultural they are for most Americans, and also for how true they are. Our society gauges a person’s greatness by their fame and fortune, but as one who has amassed more of both than he knows what to do with, Carrey finds that preposterous. And the Bible agrees with him.

When Solomon was selected as heir to the throne of Israel following his father David’s death, he had huge shoes to fill. David was the greatest ruler in Israel’s history, hand-picked by God and promised an eternal lineage. Now Solomon was to carry that legacy forward. What did it mean to be a great king? How could he build on the foundation of his father? He asked for wisdom—not riches, not victory over his enemies, not long life—and his request pleased God. God granted Solomon wisdom beyond the measure of anyone in history, and with it came riches, peace, and a long life. Solomon became such a great king, noted for his wisdom and wealth, that rulers traveled from around the world to meet him.

Nearly a thousand years later, another ruler walked the earth. He, too, was in the line of David, but His lineage and upbringing were significantly less royal. He was born into a working-class family from an out-of-the way place. He had no riches or obvious power, but He had wisdom “greater than Solomon,” Luke tells us. Jesus was the wisest man to ever live, and nobody noticed.

Granted, Jesus did not flaunt His wisdom. He kept it veiled in parables, stories replete with meaning but only for those “with ears to hear.” He did not brag or hold court, yet the crowds still sought Him out. They knew there was something about Jesus that was new and better and different, but it was also veiled and hidden from most. And many dismissed Him. “What is this wisdom that has been given to him?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter?” (Mark 6:2–3).

Little did they realize that the carpenter who walked before them was the son of David, the Lion of Judah, one greater than Solomon. He was King by birthright and by quality. Like Solomon, He did not seek riches and power and fame, for “In him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). Rulers from around the world sought out King Solomon for his wisdom and grandeur, but one day every knee will bow to Jesus Christ for His perfect wisdom and indescribable glory (Romans 14:11).

Written by Barnabas Piper

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2 thoughts on "O Come, True Wisdom"

  1. Justin Harger says:

    Two things strike me today. The first is the scripture saying that He will utter was has been hidden since the foundation of the world. That to me is mind blowing. The parables we still read today were said by a man 2000 years ago that reveal truths that have existed forever. Jesus said nothing “new” but when He came and spoke, He changed everything, forever.

    The other scripture that spoke to me was the prophet is without honor in his hometown. This doesn’t just apply to Jesus. This applies to anyone that changes their ways, follows Jesus, and then people around them call them hypocritical or don’t believe they have really changed. You are now that prophet in their home town that receives no honor. I pray for you today. Hold firm to the faith and follow Him no matter what anyone else may think. Be bold and honor God, even if it means you lose honor among family and friends.

  2. Kevin says:

    Day 20: I think this helps us with how we ought to pray. Not praying “God make this decision go well” but “God, give me wisdom to glorify you in this decision”. God wants to fill us up, but he doesn’t want to just do it for us. He wants to be glorified in it and that comes with us taking the responsibility on ourselves. Solomon was a great example of that. He wanted to be wise so that he could bring God glory. Let’s be wise today!⚒

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