Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number.” (1st Kings 3:8, 9)

Showing wisdom beyond his years, the new ruler (Solomon) asked God for discernment in ruling, perhaps aware that his father had fluctuated from success to failure by making poor choices and poor judgments. The God was present with Israel can also live in us and provide needed insight.

Compassion and wisdom are bound up with justice as this ancient, provocative account illustrates. No human can rule wisely and justly without wisdom from God and humble dependence on God. Solomon had asked God for wisdom and discernment, and God granted these two gifts to him, he could lead the Israelites.


Precious Abba, Solomon had asked for the one thing that would enable him to always discern and reason with the people and to lead the Israelites, for it confirmed to God who Solomon was and how best to use whose, as never before.


Come let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.” (Hosea 6:1-42

The call to restore the relationship to God acknowledges the discipline of God and His healing intentions. Rescue on the third day to the Hebrew was a complete number of days and in the New Testament because that was the waiting period for the resurrection. Revelation leads t knowledge of God’s forgiving grace and sure salvation.


This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Chris Jesus, who has destroyed death, and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (2nd Timothy 1:9, 10)

Grace and forgiveness have been evident in God’s work forever, but especially clear in the revelation of God through Jesus Christ, God’s greatest gift of grace for His people. God calls us and saves us because of His purpose and grace, not because we deserve its salvation. His grace toward us is embodied in Jesus Christ, and He wants us to display this same grace as we work and worship with others, here on this earth.


Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them. ‘Why are yo thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven, or to say, Get up, take your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….,’ He said to the earth to forgive sin. He said to the paralytic, I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.,” (Mark 2:8-11`)

The power to forgive sins demonstrated through miraculous healing revealed Jesus as God in person, for only God can forgive sins, beloved.


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