by Rev Joel Yong
After all, I have taught you well. Do not abandon my teachings. When I was a boy learning from my father, when I was a tender and only child of my mother, they used to teach me and say to me, “Cling to my words wholeheartedly. Obey my commands so that you may live. Acquire wisdom. Acquire understanding. Do not forget. Do not turn away from the words that I have spoken.
Solomon wrote these words and he referenced his relationship with his father.
I wonder what his father taught him.
His father was after all -David.
Hunted by Saul.
Mocked by Micah.
Forgotten by Jesse when Samuel came to their household to anoint a future king.
He was also giant slayer and commander of mighty men.
I am sure David had much to say.
From his life experiences and even from his failures.
He also knew what it was to sin against God – he plotted Uriah’s death and stole his wife and took a census when he shouldn’t have.
When 1 generation teaches another- there is much to pay attention to and to absorb. For there lies Wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to learn before experiencing the consequence of folly – and one can do so from the experience of another who has triumphed and failed previously.