Jun 6, 2021. II Samuel 12:24-25

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THE SOLOMON PUZZLE.  II Samuel 12:24-25.  06/06/2021. PM.

2 Samuel 12:24-25 [New King James Version]

24 Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her and lay with her. So she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. Now the Lord loved him, 25 and He sent word by the hand of Nathan the prophet: So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.

  1. David’s wife, Bathsheba
    1. David had many legitimate wives: Michal, Abigail, Ahinoam-
    1. Bathsheba was a stolen wife, taken from a loyal officer, Uriah, whom David had killed, along with others with him
    1. David comforts Bathsheba after the death of her child
      1. The Scriptures recognize her as David’s legitimate wife, even though she was taken via adultery
      1. Nothing is recorded of how David’s other wives felt about Bathsheba and David’s actions
    1. Bathsheba seems to have moved to the head of the line as David’s favorite wife and Michal is no longer mentioned
  2. Solomon
    1. Bathsheba bore a second son to David
      1. Named the boy Solomon (“man of peace”)
      1. Despite both the adulterous murderous way David obtained Bathsheba, the union is blessed with a son of destiny (power of forgiveness and restoration of the Lord (Moses, Paul, Manasseh)
    1. God loved Solomon
      1. Solomon was not responsible for what his parents had done, so he did carry David’s guilt
      1. Scripture does not record God’s special expression of love on any of David’s other sons (Amnon, Absalom, Adonijah, Nathan…)
      1. No reason is given for God’s special interest in Solomon over the other siblings
    1. God’s sovereign choices are based upon his own unrevealed reasons (Job 38 –not up for critique or scrutiny)
    1. Solomon jumps over his older brothers as crowned prince
  3. The forbidden questions
    1. Rom. 9:14 there are many questions that puzzle us:
      1. Why are some people chosen for salvation while others are not chosen?
      1. Why do some people have many opportunities to hear the gospel, while others have none?
      1. Why were the Jews chosen as God’s people, when they were rebellious and unfaithful?
      1. Why was Jacob chosen over Esau when at times it seems that Esau had more integrity than Jacob?
      1. It what sense is Hebrews 11 declaration that the world was not worthy of Samson?
      1. Why did the wicked Manasseh’s reign last for 50 years while righteous Joab dies at age 39?
    1. The a priori of Christian beliefs
      1. A priori = primary unproved foundational beliefs (axiomatic = self evident facts that need no proof)
      1. Spiritual axioms:
        1. God is always right and righteous
        1. God is not to be challenged (Isaiah 55:8-11)
        1. God’s will and ways are to be accepted, even if they are not understood (Psalm 14:1; 53:1)
        1. We will understand God’s ways when we are taken to be with him (I Corinthians 13:12)
        1. God’s choices are hidden within his holy perfect character
    1. God’s selection of Solomon wasn’t contingent upon results
      1. Even though Solomon started as one seeking to serve God (2 Chron. 1:10), he ended up serving himself and even idols
      1. Solomon’s indulgences were excessive: multiple palaces, 1,000 wives and concubines, 9,000 horses, huge collections of exotic treasures and animals, enormous taxes, idols in God’s temple…
    1. Solomon paid a price for his sins, for he laid aside his God-given wisdom in order to indulge himself