Solomon’s exploits appear beyond scripture; in ancient literature and Hebrew legend passed through generations. One Yiddish tale is of King Solomon’s desire for a specific thing. While the tale varies as to what prompted it, the desire is consistent. Solomon wanted a piece of jewelry that would make a happy man sad, or a sad man happy. He sent his most trusted, honored and capable man, the son of Yehoyada, to find it.
Yehoyda’s son went throughout Israel in search of it. It seemed impossible. Different things would make different people happy or sad. He visited many stores, examining items and listening to peddler’s pitches. Everyone wanted to provide the solution for the distinguished king, but nobody could.
He searched through the Spring and Summer, then began his return to the castle.
Carrying the burden of failure, he went into a modest shop along the way. Seeing nothing, he was walking out when the old shop owner asked him what he needed.
He explained he needed jewelry that, when a sad man looked at it, he would get happy but that should a happy man look at it, he would become sad. A dictum he’d given many times.
The old man knew he had it. He rummaged through containers and shelves, nooks and crannies till he came up with it and handed it to the King’s man.
The son of Yehoyada read the inscription inside the gold ring handed him. There he saw three Hebrew symbols; gimel, zayin and yud (inscribed as ג ז י). He knew they were abbreviations for the words, “Gam zeh ya’avor.”
When he handed it to the king, Solomon nodded in approval as he saw the answer in his hand, “Gam zeh ya’avor.” English version; “This too shall pass.”
Think about it
Whether your condition is worry or wealth, it will pass. Covid will pass.
The remarkable part of this story however, is the identity of Yehoyda’s son. He was one of David’s strong men. He had served as David’s chief bodyguard. His loyalty remained beyond David’s life; he was key to Solomon’s success. Responsible defenders aspire to be like him.
The man chosen by Solomon for this important task was Benaiah.
While the message he brought is applicable, the model of fierce and enduring support for his leader is what really strikes me.
Be that for your pastors and ministry leaders.