“If one should ask, ‘If Solomon is the wise author, how could he have died such a fool?’ let it be noted that he constructed his own gibbet on which he impaled himself—that is, he ceased listening to his own instruction. Spiritual success today does not guarantee spiritual success tomorrow”. The point I’m making today isn’t about Solomon and our own need to obey the Scriptures. Rather I want to think about this in the context of parenting.
Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned? –Proverbs 6:27
I’ve always found it interesting that Solomon wrote that line. Solomon apparently thought he was an exception to the rule. He carried fire next to his chest and it caused his whole kingdom to crumble. I considered this question awhile back, when I asked how old Solomon was when he wrote Proverbs. I still hold this position:
Yet I am increasingly convinced that Solomon was actually younger or middle aged when he wrote Proverbs 5-7. Given Solomon demise later in life this is absolutely shocking and serves as fitting warning to us.