Haftarah Reading: Miketz (1 Kings 3:15-4:1)
Gospel Reading: John 18:36; 19:19
Commentary By: Daniel Clayton
To give the context of the Torah portion in a nutshell, this is when Josef is brought out of prison to interpret Pharaoh’s dream and is then put into a position of power because of the obvious wisdom and divine guidance inside of him.
Moving to our Haftarah, Solomon is now the reigning king, and has been given wisdom above any other leader that was alive. Two women give birth one night, and one of them accidentally kills hers in the middle of the night by rolling over the top of it. They come to Solomon and fight over whose baby is the one still living and whose is the one now dead. In response, Solomon says,
“Bring me a sword.” They brought a sword to the king. The king said, “Cut the living child in two; give half to the one and half to the other.” At this, the woman to whom the living child belonged addressed the king, because she felt so strongly toward her son: “Oh, my lord, give her the living child; you mustn’t kill it!” But the other one said, “it will be neither yours nor mine. Divide it up!” Then the king answered, “Give the living child to the first woman. Don’t kill it, because she is its mother.” All Israel heard of the decision the king had made and held the king in awe, for they saw that God’s wisdom was in him, enabling him to render justice properly.” (1 Kings 3: 24-28)
Both Josef and Solomon were blessed with wisdom and discernment even in the midst of quite difficult circumstances and problems, and they both knew that it was God Almighty that their wisdom came from. However, neither Josef in his high position or Solomon in his Kingship could compare to the wisdom and authority that our Messiah has.
“My kingship does not derive its authority from this world’s order of things. If it did, my men would have fought to keep me from being arrested by the Judeans. But my kingship does not come from here.” (John 18:36)
Pilate also had a notice written and posted on the stake; it read, ‘Yeshua from Natzeret, The King of the Jews.’ (John 19:19)
Yeshua the Messiah is King, sitting at the right hand of God. He has wisdom infinitely beyond what Josef and Solomon could ever have, and His rulings are righteous entirely. With all that is going on in the world, or specifically in the United States with the odd election, it is quite common for people to be living in fear. But nothing that happens takes our King by surprise. He is all knowing, all powerful, and entirely good. He has allowed these things, and His purposes and ways are much higher than ours. We must trust our King, for He will not fail us.