13th Sunday after Pentecost

When:
August 19, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
2018-08-19T11:00:00-04:00
2018-08-19T12:00:00-04:00
Where:
Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
311 Blue Grass Trail
Newport, VA
24128
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Morris Fleischer
5405447183

At the beginning of his reign, King Solomon prays for an understanding mind to govern the people rather than great riches or notoriety.  Yet, by the end of his life, the wisdom for which he was renowned turned to folly.  Join us as we consider the meaning of wisdom and how, at it its very heart, is rooted in our relationship with God.  We will look more closely at 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 in our message, The Beginning of Wisdom.

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 (NRSV)

10Then David slept with his ancestors and was buried in the city of David.  11The time that David reigned over Israel was forty years; he reigned seven years in Hebron, and thirty-three years in Jerusalem.

12So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David; and his kingdom was firmly established.  3Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David; only, he sacrificed and offered incense at the high places.  4The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the principal high place; Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.

5At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.”  6And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today.  7And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.  8And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted.  9Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”  10It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.  11God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12I now do according to your word.  Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.  13I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor all your life; no other king shall compare with you.  14If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life.”

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