mmmm Mum’s homemade Peach Cake mmmm
Mum lovingly baked a fruity cake for my family
Tastes delicious when served with ice cream
This light cake is moist and not too sweet
Perfect for dessert and a light snack
I have been reading about King Solomon recently:
At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream,
and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.
Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David,
because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart.
You have continued this great kindness to him and
have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.
“Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David.
But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.
Your servant is here among the people you have chosen,
a great people, too numerous to count or number.
So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and
to distinguish between right and wrong.
For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.
So God 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.
1 Kings chapter 3 verses 5 to 12
King Solomon made for himself the carriage
he made it of wood from Lebanon.
Its posts he made of silver,
its base of gold.
Its seat was upholstered with purple,
its interior inlaid with love.
Daughters of Jerusalem, come out,
and look, you daughters of Zion.
Look on King Solomon wearing a crown,
the crown with which his mother crowned him
on the day of his wedding,
the day his heart rejoiced.
Song of Songs chapter 3 verses 9 to 11
Solomon was the son of Bathsheba and King David
He became the king of Israel after the death of his father
Solomon was a young man when he became king
God spoke to him in a dream
Solomon asked for wisdom
God was pleased to give him a wise and discerning heart
Solomon became the wisest king of Israel
His wisdom is recorded in the books of Proverbs and Song of Songs
Solomon also became the richest king of Israel
He ruled over a peaceful and prosperous country
Solomon built the temple for the LORD
1 Kings records the construction of the temple in great detail
The Queen of Sheba visited King Solomon
She was impressed with his wisdom and wealth
Solomon loved many foreign women
He had 700 wives and 300 concubines
God had told the Israelites not to intermarry with foreigners
Unfortunately Solomon’s wives led him astray
He worshipped the foreign gods of his wives
God punished Solomon by splitting his kingdom after his death
Solomon is mentioned in the New Testament:
“And why do you worry about clothes?
See how the lilies of the field grow.
They do not labour or spin.
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.”
Matthew chapter 6 verses 28 & 29
Jesus referred to Solomon in his sermon on the mount
He compared the lilies of the field with Solomon’s robes
The riches of Solomon were no match for the beauty of God’s creation
Jesus reminds us that we are more valuable than the lilies of the field
We are encouraged to seek first the kingdom of God
This Christmas we are reminded of the birth of Jesus
As a king, Jesus is greater and wiser than Solomon
His kingdom is eternal
Jesus came to bring people into his kingdom
His kingdom began with his death and resurrection
We enter his kingdom by grace
Jesus offers forgiveness for our sins
We now have peace with God
The promise of eternal life is what we hope for
This Christmas, who do you trust to save you?
Is Jesus your Lord and Saviour?
For believers: how can Jesus help you to be wise?
mmmm bible mmmm
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