Judah and Israel were as many as the sand by the sea. They ate and drank and were happy… And he had peace on all sides around him. And Judah and Israel lived in safety, from Dan even to Beersheba, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, all the days of Solomon… And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt… He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish. And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom. (1 Kings 4:20, 24, 25, 29, 30, 33, 34 ESV)
Solomon’s name comes from the Hebrew word for peace. After the conquering king David subdued all his enemies, the kingdom is established under the king of peace. It is the fulfillment of the promises made to Abraham and gives us a foretaste of what awaits us in the future. For Solomon was not the true Prince of Peace and Israel was not without it’s problems. A future king is still to come who will fulfill first David’s victories and secondly usher in Solomon’s peace. That day will be a glorious day!
What do you imagine the new heavens and the new earth to be like, that enjoys this happiness and peace?
Thank God for his future promises and ask Him to help you live with this future in mind.
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: 1 Kings 4-5, Eph 2, Ez 35, Ps 23-23