Solomon's School

Diane Bloem

READ : 1 Kings 4:29-34 Sometimes teachers make mistakes. This was not likely to happen in Solomon’s school of higher learning. He was the wisest man on earth until Jesus came (Luke 11:31). He was a poet, musician and scientist as well as a king. He lectured on language arts, botany, and zoology, and perhaps on public administration. He demonstrated an effective use of psychology when two mothers claimed the same baby (1 Kings 3:16-28). He went beyond dispensing information; …

Molding

Diane Bloem

READ : Proverbs 22:6 My teacher, Dena Korfker, taught us the proper way to carry our small kindergarten chairs as we marched to the front of the assembly room. I still carry chairs that way. I also can recite Bible verses I learned in that kindergarten class. At age seven I learned the hymn “Trust and Obey.” In church I memorized psalms set to music. These comfort me and encourage me in sleepless nights or troubled days even now. My …

Take-Home Test

Diane Bloem

READ : 2 Corinthians 13:1-10 Paul’s teacher credentials were under attack. False apostles were undermining his authority by casting doubt on his character and qualifications. His students, the Corinthians, were wavering and some were disloyal. He dealt with this by giving them a take-home test. “Don’t look at me,” he said. “Look at yourselves. If I have taught you the truth and you have believed, you will find evidence that Christ Jesus is in you. And if He is in …

Professor Gamaliel

Diane Bloem

READ : Acts 5:29-42 Gamaliel was a famous teacher. History tells us that he made many wise interpretations of Hebrew Law. He was moderate and merciful. It was considered a great honor to study under him. Paul had that honor (Acts 22:3). When Peter boldly preached about Jesus and said that God’s authority was greater than that of the supreme court, the judges called for the death penalty. The honored Gamaliel cleared the courtroom, and gave wise counsel. He gave …

Pleasant Words

Diane Bloem

READ : Proverbs 15:1-8 Gold stars, smile faces, “good job” stickers and words of commendation ensure a school paper’s safe arrival on the kitchen table. Encouragement builds confidence. Harsh criticism discourages students. As we noted earlier this month, Solomon did not promote unearned boosts to self-esteem. When he writes, “Pleasant words promote instruction” (Prov. 16:21), he is teaching educational psychology. Tense students who fear failure are likely to “tune out.” Students who are warmly welcomed, whose interest is aroused, who …