On the first Sunday of January 2015, we attended a Covenant Service and pledged among other things that we will take care of our posterity and committed them to the Lord. Posterity refers to the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of an individual. Let us look at the lives of King Solomon and the Patriarch Jacob.
King Solomon inherited a peaceful and prosperous kingdom from his father David and he was wise enough to ask for wisdom when God asked him to request for anything he wanted. The Bible credits Solomon as the wisest king that ever lived. He was rich and very blessed by God and his fame spread beyond his borders.
On the other hand, the Patriarch Jacob is known to be a fighter and a swindler from the Bible’s account of his life: as a foetus, he fought in the womb and held to his senior brother’s legs at birth. He cheated his brother and his father in law and he was,in turn, also cheated by his father in law.
There is something similar about the two very different people: they were both helped by their mothers in receiving the blessings of their fathers and for both of them, there are logical human questions as to why God will select them for such blessings but we can never question God. The major difference between the two of them is that while Solomon had it easy and smooth going, Jacob had to struggle all his life. The additional key difference is that while Jacob of all people has his name in the Hall of Fame for Faithful Men in Hebrews 10, Solomon with all his splendor is missing.
The reason is not farfetched. When Solomon was about to die, he lamented as to the fact that a fool may inherit him (Eccl2:17-19). Solomon may not have meant a foolish person in the normal sense of a stupid person who cannot think logically, the Bible says that a ‘foolish person is the one who says in his heart that there is no God’. He may not have trained anybody his children in the fear of God.
Jacob, on the other hand was able to call his grandchildren-Ephraim and Manasseh to pray for them and commit them to God. He also called all his 12 children and blessed them one after the otherbefore he died (Gen 48 and 49).
Whether in poverty or in riches, when you think about your posterity, go beyond material things. Commit them to the Lord, this is the only legacy that nobody can take away from them. In summing up, do not copy nor reject either Solomon or Jacob. The best thing to do, however, is to look at God anytime you think about your posterity.
In conclusion, I wish for you what I wish for myself every year; “May your road be rough so that you will appreciate the little mercies of God and desire to be in his presence always”.