Solomon had the help of very able men in the ordering of the kingdom. His first great task was the building of the Temple. This is a theme that the New Testament highlights – the building of the true Temple to the Lord, the building not made with hands, but with living stones – we who believe and follow.
“Judah and Israel were as many as the sand by the sea. They ate and drank and were happy.”
As David was like Jesus the conquering king, Solomon is like Jesus the king of peace and prosperity.
So we await the new heavens and the new earth, the holy city, coming down out of heaven, God dwelling with us as our God.
But at this time in Israel’s history they had peace and prosperity such as never before and not ever since.
We know Solomon did stray, but in this passage he points us to Jesus. He ruled with God’s justice, and he presided over a time when there was peace from all enemies, as well as great temporal wealth in abundance.
This is an encouragement for us, that in Jesus – A far greater king than Solomon – we have Him in the now, and we have the promise and practice of eternal wealth! To put our treasure in heaven, investing in Jesus, in moneybags that do not grow old! (Luke 12:32-34)
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:34
As we read about Solomon and the peace and wealth Israel experienced during his reign, we can wrestle with the deeper and fuller realities we see and experience ourselves through a life with Jesus as our King.
He has our hearts, He is our treasure!
* Gracious King, Lord in Heaven,
Please be our shield today, please watch over us.
Please help us to invest in the right things, the things of heaven (in the not yet).
Thank You Lord God for Your love for us, that in Jesus we have a king who shows us how to live.
Please help us to love You as we should – We love You Saviour God.