Alternative Daily Text for Thursday, December 26, 2013
“Rejoice with the wife of your youth … why should you … embrace the bosom of a foreign woman?” (Proverbs 5:18, 20, NWT 1984)
Where in the Bible do we find this advice? It is part of “the proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, the king of Israel” and was written “to learn wisdom.” (Proverbs 1:1, 2) As is generally known, “King Solomon [was] one of the wisest men who ever lived.” (The Watchtower, May 15, 2007, page 14) Admittedly, he strongly advised against foreign women and told husbands to stay ‘with the wife of their youth’ for a lifetime – but “King Solomon loved many foreign women besides the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women … And he had 700 wives … and 300 concubines.” (1 Kings 11:1-3) He did exactly the opposite of what he taught.
“Jesus Christ [is] the Greater Solomon.” (Awake!, February 22, 2002, page 9) He perfectly followed Solomon’s example – for instance, he taught that he would have come “not to be ministered to, but to minister,” but he demanded that all people should ‘minister to him.’ (Matthew 20:28; John 12:26) He taught that God’s name must be sanctified, but he never used that name. (Matthew 6:9) He emphasized the importance of obeying God and complying with his regulations, but at the same time he declared God’s regulations invalid and introduced his own. – Matthew 7:21; 5:38; Deuteronomy 24:1; Luke 16:18.
Today we can imitate the wisdom of Solomon and Jesus Christ by also teaching the contrary of what we do. We should condemn others for something that we do ourselves. Then we will prove to be true Christians.