Read 135.) I Kings 9:1 thru 10:13, II Chronicles 7:11 thru 9:12, and Psalm 72. With this reading, we come to the very pinnacle of Solomon’s, and of Israel’s, glory. Things will begin to run downhill from here. We begin about 953 BC, when a most extraordinary thing happens. God appears to Solomon for a second time! The first such instance was recorded for us in chapter 3, at the beginning of his reign. This is some 17 years into his rulership. Note carefully the nature of God’s visit! The temporal, or earthly, nature of the covenant promise God made with David in II Samuel 7 is dependent upon the human faithfulness of Solomon and his succeeding sons! This is vital to understand for reasons that will become clear shortly. The eternal, or spiritual, nature of that covenant rested with God alone, and was, and still is, being fulfilled by the faithful, covenant-keeping God today.
With I Kings 9:10, we come to the mid-point of Solomon’s reign, and about 950 BC. Chapter 10 then relates the famous account of the visit of the Queen of Sheba. The actual point of this story is this: It was intended all-along that Israel would be obedient and faithful unto the Lord, and that the Lord would so bless Israel, as He had by this time, that people the world over, would flock to Israel in order to find and meet the One, True God. Believing upon Him would then result in their conversion and salvation. This story and account right here was to be the very picture of how God intended to bring the peoples of the entire world unto Himself! We find this centripetal concept of the conversion of the world unto the Lord in Deuteronomy chapter 4, specifically verses 6 thru 8; and here, we read of that instance where it is first beginning to happen, as He had originally planned for it to.
With the parallel account of II Chronicles, we get the very famous verse of 7:14. It is the prescription for deliverance from the consequences of sin and for revival. While applicable directly to Israel, it is true for any who would turn, in repentance, unto the Lord!
As the first paragraph above concluded with God’s everlasting promise of Messiah unto David, so Psalm 72 may have been David’s last, and was about his son, Solomon, as well as his Son of Promise, Messiah. Both can be seen in this psalm. It is fitting that Solomon should be seen as the means by which God began to save the world, beginning with the Queen of Sheba, but that this would fail miserably. Beginning with the next account about Solomon, we’ll see his human failing would necessitate that the Lord unilaterally and UNconditionally fulfill His promise to David by ultimately bringing forth Messiah. Indeed, truly, this is what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell