Year B - Pentecost +12 or Energy to Witness 12
August 16, 2015
The contrast between the selected verses and those left out is hard to miss. To only go with the official lectionary selection is to do the same sort of spin that political operatives in every age have done—cherry-pick cherry tree tales and log-cabin heritages.
As it stands, all is right with Solomon. He is already wise enough to ask for further understanding all the while understanding this is the quickest route to unimaginable (except for Solomon’s desires) riches.
If G*D is so easily fooled by Solomon’s eulogy of David and his own claim of humble-sonship and servant-leadership, what are you going to try to sneak past an obviously distracted G*D?
With Solomon’s hand so easily involved in death and banishment we have to wonder about Solomon as a sociopath rather than model of wisdom. Our very choosing to avoid the questionable parts of leaders eventually brings us to the point of not trusting leaders and so supporting the least wise but easiest to project on to of our own desires which are no more honorable than Solomon’s.