Google+ 01/12/13 Solomon Says!

Psalm 78:2-4

 

 For I will speak to you in a parable.
I will teach you hidden lessons from our past-stories we have heard and known,
 Stories our ancestors handed down to us.
We will not hide these truths from our children;

We will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord,
 About his power and his mighty wonders.
 

 

This may seem like a strange passage of Scripture to you.  Several weeks ago, we discussed the 44 Old Testament prophecies that are fulfilled in the New Testament.  Our Scripture lesson today is one of those and extremely important.  We normally equate the Psalms with David as the writer.  In many cases that is true, but Psalm 72 is one of two psalms written by Solomon.  Matthew 13:34-35 is the fulfillment of this Old Testament prophecy.  Why is this so important?  It covers two major topics that we should embrace and follow.  First, Psalm 72 explains why Jesus spoke in parables.  Much like the other 43 prophecies, because it was foretold by God, it must be so.  Jesus spoke 39 of these parables which reside in the first 3 gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  Parables were how Jesus taught God's Christian lessons.  He told these stories to make sure we all got the point.  Notice that our Scripture today mentions that these stories were probably not new.  These parables most often have be handed down from our ancestors.  In other words, we have heard them before.  So why repeat them?  Solomon tells us there are two reasons, which brings us to our second important lesson from our Scripture today.  We need to remember the power of God and our children need to know the truth.  Wow!  Our American culture has many advantages and benefits.  I lobby that we can learn something from almost everyone.  Our American culture should learn and appreciate the wisdom of past generations.  Many cultures do this so much better that our average American family.  Some of my fondest memories of my Grandfather were the stories he would tell around the fireplace in his old country house at night.  He would read old poetry and talk about "the olden days."  I learned a lot about Christian life.  Solomon is telling us to do the same thing with our children regarding the stories of Jesus.  The point we miss here is that it is not just for the children.  It is also to remind all of us of these wonderful deeds of Jesus.  After all, if we don't tell our children the truth, who will?  I have an answer.  The world will tell them a lie, if we don't tell them the truth.  The 60's and 70"s were very turbulent times in our country.  As a result, many people "fell away from God" as we al proclaimed a very popular theme during this time which was, "I'm OK, You're OK."   That was the world's lie to all of us.  If we don't follow Jesus, we are not "OK" and we are lying if we tell others something different.  As a result, many of the children from that era don't know the stories of Jesus.  We were all too busy proclaiming how "OK" we were.  That's why today I just laugh when Christians say, "Can't we all just get along?"  The Biblical answer is no.  Believers and non-believers will always be in conflict until Jesus comes back.  Those willing to die to self and follow God, will always be set apart and fight God's "Holy War."  Fulfill prophecy in your life today.  Tell the stories of Jesus to your children and to yourself.  Rejoice in God's power and Glory through the great deeds He has done.  Our children's game today should not be "Simon says," which is a mindless conformity game where we teach children to follow the leader whether the leader is Godly or not.  That game also teaches our very young children that if they do not conform to the leader, the are outcasts and will sit on the sideline until the next game rolls around.  We certainly don't need that. So today, let's play "Solomon says" and make our children smarter and more Godly as we remember that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light.