Speaking of Trees
Topic: Creation Passage: 1 Kings 4:29–4:34
When the book of I Kings endeavours to demonstrate to us Solomon's great wisdom, it turns to the greatest mystery of the ancient world--nature. Solomon doesn't just write proverbs and psalms, he learns to appreciate the natural world. "He spoke about trees, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop, and about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. People from all nations came to listen to Solomon's wisdom" (vs. 33-34).
Article 2 of the Belgic Confession tells us that God reveals himself through two "books". One book we know well and talk about a lot in church--the Bible, through which God reveals to us the story of the redemption of the world. But there is another book: the creation. Creation reveals God to us in a unique way; it doesn't teach us salvation in Jesus Christ, but it does reveal God to us. The Belgic Confession says that creation is like a great big book, in which every creature is a letter that tells us a story about God.
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