An Understanding Heart

Solomon, a king of many people, is concerned that he lacks the experience to lead. His father, King David left rather large shoes to fill. In a dream, Solomon asks the Lord for an understanding heart. Solomon is looking for the ability to discern between good and evil. The Lord is pleased with Solomon’s request because he did not ask for personal things like long life, riches or the life of enemies. Solomon was looking to understand justice from the Lord’s perspective.

I enjoyed reading Solomon’s words because he appreciated what the Lord God had given him and his father David. He knew where his blessings came from. I think that is the reason his heart was in the right place to ask God for discernment, over anything else.

Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice… 1 Kings 3:7-11 KNJV

 

The Eternal Inheritance – A Better Covenant

The Lord found fault with the first covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. They did not continue His covenant and the Lord “disregarded them.” However, the Lord established a new covenant – a better covenant.  This new agreement offers an eternal inheritance.

A high priest was appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices to the Lord. The tabernacle was prepared with a sanctuary and the Holy of Holies. These things were to be a reflection, a pattern, of the things in heaven.  The Lord had established laws, or divine ordinances, that needed to be kept. The first covenant required the blood of goats and calves to sanctify the flesh. It was symbolic, a reflection, of what was to come. Food, drink, washings and fleshly ordinances were imposed to remind mankind of cleanliness in the presence of the Lord.

Now, we have a High Priest. Christ was an offering, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with the eternal blood of the Son of God. The new tabernacle is not built with hands of the earthly creation. I love Hebrews 9 13-14:

For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 9:13-14 NKJV

Jesus entered the Holy of Holies once for all – an eternal redemption. The new covenant is not written in stone on this Earth. The Lord said, ” I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people… For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

What a beautiful covenant and an even more amazing God! Praise Him for putting away sin with His own heavenly blood.

Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance; the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience— concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation. Hebrews 9:6-10 NKJV

But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. Hebrews 9:11-12 NKJV