THE ‘WHY’ BEHIND EVERYTHING
By John Collier
September 12, 2010
…What would the conversation between Solomon and the Queen of Sheba have been?
I Kings 10: 1-9 1 Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions. 2 She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels that bore spices, very much gold, and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart. 3 So Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing so difficult for the king that he could not explain it to her. 4 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, 5 the food on his table, the seating of his servants, the service of his waiters and their apparel, his cupbearers, and his entryway by which he went up to the house of the LORD, there was no more spirit in her. 6 Then she said to the king: “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. 7 However I did not believe the words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame of which I heard. 8 Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom! 9 Blessed be the LORD your God, who delighted in you, setting you on the throne of Israel! Because the LORD has loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness.”
I believe that the Queen of Sheba asked Solomon the hard spiritual questions about all of reality because of what we read in v 1 “concerning the name of the Lord” questions such as why was man created? Is there a purpose of everything? Is there a reason behind everything that happens (the Why behind everything)?
And then the Queen of Sheba said to King Solomon:
QOS- King Solomon I would like to discuss the question of Why? Why do things happen the way that they do? Is there some sort of order or power behind the world’s events? Are things governed by chance or is there a cause of all things??
SOL- That is an excellent question my Queen. To answer it we must determine what is the fountain or source of all answers. Can we reach the answers through observation of all of life (empiricism)? Can man reach the answers through his own internal thought processes (rationalism)? No both fall short of Omiscience which is what is required to supply the answer to these categorical absolutes. Unless you know everything exhaustively you cannot speak to cause because you would have to know all causes to speak to absolutes. There is only one source of Omniscient Knowledge that is capable of supplying the answer to these absolutes and that is the living God. To understand the why behind everything that happens in all of life we must understand the creator of everything. If and only if we are able to uncover the motives and intentions of the creator only then can we know the answer behind the why of everything. Fortunately the Creator has given us those answers. He has spoken and He tells us what his motives are. He has spoken and has told us why He does everything that He does.
QOS- Solomon please tell me the answers to these questions. This is what my soul desires most.
SOl – I could tell you Queen but then I’d have to kill you. (Just Kidding)- God tells us in His word both the primary and secondary causes behind why he does what he does.