Throughout the history of mankind, the concept of Wisdom has been vigorously questioned and sought after. Philosophers, scientists, psychologists, authors, poets, kings…all of whom have pursued the answers that would reveal what makes a person wise, how does one acquire wisdom, and what does being wise actually means?
While researchers in every existing life aspect have explored the subject from different angles, there was one man who was crowned as the king of wisdom, the wisest of all men, the seeker of all seekers.
“…behold, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has never been nor will ever be another like you.” (1 Kings 12)
This is the testimony for the promise God made to King Solomon, gracing him with the key to unlock the secret knowledge of Creation. Solomon did not ask for wealth nor victory nor honor, he only wanted the blessing of wisdom.
During his life, the king did not only receive the answers for the ways of the universe and the true meaning of life, but he also put his discoveries on paper, sharing his experiences and learning to whoever will encounter it, and would wish to know more than meets the eye…
Solomon spoke and wrote his pondering and conclusions about everything that might arise in a person’s life, and it is quite remarkable to read his writings and acknowledge how timely his wisdom is, and how relevant it truly is to our lives today. It is amazing to find out that the human soul and mind have searched and dealt with the same inquiries, the same desires and aspirations that drive us onward. As we dig deeper into Solomon’s discoveries we reveal how they are an inseparable part of our development in this world, both individually and socially. Human history, math, physics, metaphysics, technology – are only some of the dimensions that feed the human spirit, revealing a linking connection that is embedded in ancient knowledge not only relevant but invaluable to our life in the 21st century.
The biblical aspect: Solomon the writer and friend of God
The biblical source is one of 13 different subject sources that combine human development across time. It is the first and oldest of the sources, presenting the logging of the lives of the original men and women who resided on this Earth and started civilization.
While exploring the life of Solomon from a biblical point of view, we discover that his monumental writings are spread upon three major periods of his life (and any other individual course of life, for that matter):
The first part of Solomon’s life is attributed to the “Song of Songs” (or Songs of Solomon). This early stage of adulthood is described as a passionate ode, a heartfelt celebration of beauty, love, and intimacy between a man and a woman, under the grace of nature, of God.
This pure and even lusty anthology of poems presents the early phase of coming of age, discovering the beauty of desire, of longing for someone, spiritually and sexually, in the prime of a man’s/woman’s life.
“Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest
is my beloved among the young men.
I delight to sit in his shade,
and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
Let him lead me to the banquet hall,
and let his banner over me be love.
Strengthen me with raisins,
refresh me with apples,
for I am faint with love.
His left arm is under my head,
and his right arm embraces me.
Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you
by the gazelles and by the does of the field:
Do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires.”
Song of Songs 2:3-7
The second part of Solomon’s life and the next phase of his personal development is attributed to the Book of Psalms. As a grown man, Solomon addresses the great questions of life and offers educated advice about the meaning of life, as it contains sayings about almost everything. The book discusses issues of morals, family relationships between parents and childern, spouses, the meaning of kindness, business, mature love, and praise of God – called Tehilim, which is the word that describes this everlasting bond and stands as the title of Psalms in Hebrew. The tone of the book is a different one from the tone in Song of Songs, as Solomon is a more well-rounded person.
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
The third part of Solomon’s life is philosophically portrayed in the Book of Ecclesiastes.
After reaching the twilight of his life, Solomon, with his sober view on life, examines the human experience and its conflicts as he evaluates the human situation. This literary observation transcends the earthly perspectives and seeks a deeper exploration beyond the boundaries of life and death. Solomon ponders the holistic concept of life under God, including all of its enigmas.
The book may seem full of contradictions, but as we already know, life is full of contradictions. As a man in the third stage of life, Solomon directs us to take a leap of faith, and accept the larger purpose of God, by being religious and experiencing the highest level of human existence. Whoever follows this observation will achieve wisdom, as faith surpasses the edge of reason, and believing in something that cannot be proved is the experience of the ultimate meaning of life.
“Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind.
1 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.”
There you have it, the scheme of a journey toward wisdom and meaning, experienced and passed on by the hands of King Solomon himself, as the bible says so.
This documented gift was left to us so we could learn how to make our own observations of the aspirations and situations that accompany our life. If we utilize this source of wisdom and apply it in our own reality, the secrets that contain Solomon’s ideas about joy, peace of mind, success, and harmony will open our path to gaining fulfillment.