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Friday, April 11, 2014
King Solomon Is The Culprit
Another round of Jewish and Palestinian peace talks have broken down is in the news again. Maybe politicians should stop and consider that perhaps two separate states is not the solution and consider what worked in the past for the culprit King Solomon.
Before you shake your head and think this guy has gone off his rocker, read a little bit about the history of religious syncretism in Israel. HERE and how Solomon’s marriages made him a culprit. HERE
What I am not going to propose is that Jews and Muslims change their religious beliefs one iota. My reason for linking this article is to consider that both Jews and Palestinians share common family bonds in history. as the result of King Solomon’ marriages .
What I am going to propose is instead of only politicians attempting to negotiate a peace pact is that religious leaders be included in all future negotiations. Why?
Because on the dire minus side, the threat of an even greater disaster of nuclear terrorism is becoming more feasible in the future. On the plus side, both sides are losing out on the prosperity they could share from the results of the millions of people that are potential tourists that want to visit the Middle East but will not for fear of their safety. Both political and religious leaders may soon have a lot less voters and followers in the future if the dire result occurs and stand to gain significantly on the plus aspect.
Because it takes hundreds of years to assimilate people and families who have suffered terrible losses of life and property because of the conflict, negotiators should keep in mind that any peace agreement must be long term and very slowly implemented.
In my humble opinion, peace will never come about until both sides stop building walls and borders and stop killing each other, many of which are their historic brothers and sisters as the result of the culprit King Solomon. Incidentally, his record as a wise leader included peace for the entire time of his forty year reign.
In a novel excerpt, I surmised, based on proverbs, how King Solomon may have explained his views to the Queen of Sheba about obtaining religious consensus. The novel is a contemporary application of a story form to promote understanding of proverbs and ancient wise sayings in relation to our modern times.
Bilqis had been quietly attentive to my story. Her face now displayed a somewhat confused look. I asked her why and she replied.
“You are the King; you promised your father that you would build the Temple. Why are you asking the priests to decide if you could build the Temple? Do you not have final authority over them?”
“Bilqis, the subject of religious matters is volcanic. If a ruler provokes their subjects about this topic they turn sourer than milk curds, and he will have erupted within them to spill out hot anger beyond their limits same as hot lava flows from a volcano.”
“In other words, when you press milk through a cloth, you will produce sour curds. When you press men to anger, you will produce blooded noses and strife. What you press to produce, you must then contend with your makings.” For the making of milk produces curds, and the pressing of the nose produces blood, and the pressing of anger produces strife. (Proverb 30:33)
“Bilqis, I could have pressed the priests to follow my commands. However, there will be less strife and anger for you to contend with when you lead your subjects to agree and help plan with you, rather than to force them to obey your authority.”
“What would you have done if they voted against your plans?”
“Because I believed the covenant was truly made, I was confident that Yahweh would provide the means for the priests to approve my plans. I also believe that no matter how well men may plan, their plans are not final and strictly under their control. Amenemope, the great Egyptian wise man wrote. One thing is the words which men say, another is that which the Gods decide. If the tongue of man were the rudder of a boat, the All-Lord is its pilot. Man proposes, but God disposes.”
Bilqis made no further comments or questions. Perhaps she may have realized the deep faith and trust I had in Yahweh. She graciously stated she would take leave and we parted after agreeing to meetf or a late evening dinner.
As A Lily Among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom by Rudy U Martinka.
Available as an eBook at all sellers. Read an excerpt by clicking below