Proverbsby David Cook
After the death of Solomon, the nation of Israel was divided into two kingdoms-the northern kingdom of Israel, which consisted of 10 of the 12 tribes; and the southern kingdom of Judah, which was made up of the other 2 tribes, Benjamin and Judah.
Hezekiah, a descendant of David, was the 13th king of Judah. During his reign, the Assyrians had conquered Israel and were bent on defeating Judah. Hezekiah, who was a godly king, ″trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel″ and kept His commands (2 Kings 18:5). Subsequently, God delivered Judah from the Assyrians. Concerned with preserving the precious law and wisdom of God for future generations, Hezekiah had scribes compile some 100 of Solomon's proverbs in Proverbs 25 to 29. This was done in a time of insecurity and threat.
Proverbs 25:2-3 reminds the reader of the place of God and the king. Humankind does not know everything, but God does, and He reveals to us what we need to know. The king in Israel represents God, but there will still be matters unknown to him. There is always something of mystery about life, and sometimes the king's heart and decisions may not be understood. At such a time, we can only trust in God, who knows all things and who appoints kings to rule in His name.
Proverbs 25 contains several noteworthy comparisons and words of wisdom:
King Hezekiah treasured God's law and wisdom greatly, and did what he could to preserve them in people's hearts. How much do you value God's wisdom? What practical steps can you take to keep them in your mind and heart?
Which of Solomon's proverbs in chapter 25 strike you most? How can you apply his wisdom to your own life?