This week in Merry Ministries we covered 2 Chronicles 1-16. The first nine chapters dealt with the reign of Solomon, David’s son. As Solomon was beginning his reign, God appeared to him and asked what he would like. Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge to rule God’s people. God was so pleased with Solomon’s request that he not only gave him wisdom and knowledge, but also wealth, honor and power. We all need to ask God for wisdom. James 1:5 says, “If any of you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”
King Solomon had a beautiful temple built. This was an amplified, more permanent version of the tabernacle that God had Moses build. This temple was elaborate and beautiful. It was built in Jerusalem on Mt. Moriah, where David had bought the threshing floor from Ornan. Centuries earlier, it was on Mt. Moriah that God called Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. (When God saw Abraham’s willingness to obey, God provided a substitutionary ram to be sacrificed in Isaac’s place.) We read a beautiful prayer that Solomon prayed (ch. 6) as he dedicated the new temple to God. In ch. 7, the Lord appeared to Solomon a second time. He gave Solomon promises and warnings to give the people. In the event that they turned against God, He would punish them. But, God said, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land,” (2 Chr. 7:14). I believe this is a timeless promise that speaks to us today.
During the 40 years that Solomon reigned, there was peace and prosperity in the land. He was famous throughout the known world. Kings, queens, and other nobility came to bring him gifts, see the beauty of his palace, and hear his wisdom. We read about the Queen of Sheba coming to quiz him in chapter 9.
Like so many Old Testament figures, Solomon foreshadows Christ in many ways:
***Solomon was a great man, but Jesus is greater – Matt. 12:42 “indeed a greater than Solomon is here.”
***Solomon had wisdom from God, but Jesus was the wisdom of God. (Colossians 2:3 -(Christ) in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.)
***Solomon had all kinds of riches, but they do not compare to what Jesus has created. “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Matt. 6:28-29
***Solomon was a king to whom people bowed down, but Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Rev. 19:16) and one day every knee will bow before him. Philippians 2: 9Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
***Solomon could answer all the queen’s questions; Jesus is the answer to all questions.
***Solomon bestowed the queen with riches; Jesus gives exceedingly abundantly; Jesus, incomparable in all ways. Ephesian 3: 20Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
Jesus Christ was perfect. Solomon was not.
After Solomon’s death, his son Rehoboam became king. He overly burdened the people and the northern 10 tribes revolted and formed their own kingdom and kept the name Israel. The southern two tribes (Judah and Benjamin) followed Rehoboam and took the name Judah for their kingdom. After Rehoboam, his son became king and he was bad. Next came Abijah’s son Asa, who was a good king most of his life, but then got off track. He sought the advice and help of foreign kings rather than God. This brought problems on the nation. God was looking (and still is) for loyal, devoted hearts.
2 Chron. 16:9 The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
Ps. 34:15 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help.
1 Peter 3:12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers.
This is the opposite of what Satan is looking for: 1 Peter 5:8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
WHAT DOES GOD SEE WHEN HE LOOKS AT YOUR HEART? Stop and think about this for awhile.
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