Verse 4 contains the important proviso for Solomon: if you walk before Me in integrity of heart and uprightness. Like Solomon, we don’t have the stamina. Thanks be to God for our Lord Jesus Christ, as the Apostle Paul cried. Romans 7:25.
“… Then I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.'”
We see that although Solomon’s line peters out with Jeconiah (Matthew’s genealogy being by right of inheritance of the throne, which can jump to cousins etc), the biological lineage of a man on the throne runs like a thread through another of David’s sons, Nathan (see Luke 3:23-38).
So we see that although Solomon could not keep the covenant, or his sons after him, God’s promise was still kept! God’s power to keep His promises cannot be stopped, His will cannot be overturned.
Jesus is the true fulfilment of the establishment of a man on the throne of Israel – The Forever King!
So while God did bring about the curses for disobedience as detailed here and in many places as we’ve read throughout this first half of the old testament – He also brings about the blessing as promised to Abraham.
This is our God!
* Gracious Father,
Thank You for Your promises to us. Thank You for keeping Your promises throughout history, to bring about Your glory, to work all things for our good, to have Your kingdom spread through Your word going forth.
Thank You for the gift of Your Spirit, a promise from long ago, that You have given to us.
Please may Your Spirit work within us today, refining us and making us more like You the Son, Jesus.