Here is your king who will reign forever!

by Bethany

Relevant Text: 1 Kings 10:23
Full Text: 1 Kings 10 + 2 Chron. 8-9

King | On the brink of entering the Promised Land, Moses instructed the Israelites about the king that they would one day appoint: “When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, ‘Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,’ be sure to appoint over you the king the LORD your God chooses” [1]. He gave two stipulations – the king “must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself” [2] nor “accumulate large amounts of silver and gold” [3].

Solomon | Yet, when Solomon became king, he acquired great numbers of horses for himself: “Solomon accumulated chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses, which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem” [4], and he accumulated large amounts of gold: The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents, not including the revenues from merchants and traders and from all the Arabian kings and the governors of the land … The king had a fleet of trading ships at sea along with the ships of Hiram. Once every three years it returned, carrying gold, silver and ivory, and apes and baboons. King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth” [5].

Jesus | Thus, it was clear that Solomon was not the long-awaited king of Israel chosen by God. When Jesus came, however, he did not acquire a great number of horses. Instead, he borrowed a donkey: “Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written, ‘Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt” [6]. Moreover, he did not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. Instead, “though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” [7]. He is the king. He is the descendant of Solomon – greater in wisdom and might [8] – who was promised. He will reign forever.

Prayer | Lord, Here is our long-awaited king! Although Jesus did not need to come in humility or poverty, he chose to ride on a donkey without riches so that we might be exalted in wealth. Therefore, as co-heirs with Christ, we lay up our treasures in heaven – for where our treasure is, there are our hearts are also. Amen.

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[1]  Deut. 17:14-15 NIV1984  | [2]  Deut. 17:16 NIV1984  | [3]  Deut. 17:17 NIV1984. Moses also told them that the king should not have many wives, which is addressed in tomorrow’s text.  |  [4]  1 Kings 10:26 NIV1984  |  [5]  1 Kings 10:14-15, 22-23 NIV1984  |  [6]  Jn. 12:14-15 NIV1984, quoting Zech. 9:9.  |  [7]  2 Cor. 8:9 NIV1984  |  [8]  All treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Christ (Col. 2:3). Therefore, all Old Testament wisdom finds complete expression in Christ, the one who is wiser than Solomon (Matt. 12:41), who surpassed all the kings of the earth in wisdom (1 Kings 10:23).

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2 Comments to “Here is your king who will reign forever!”

  1. This gal lives in a little place caleld Texas. This summer wasn’t all that bad, but it isn’t over until it is over and that can and has extended itself into November. In 1992, we were still having 38 to 40C temperatures. But this is TEXAS and it is SUMMER! We Texans expect this kind of weather. However, our climate IS changing despite what the Republicans say. Anything that is scientific is discounted by those do-dos. They think the world is 6,000 years old and that fossils were planted there by Satan to fool the world. I think that Satan INVENTED Republicans just to tick us sane people crazy.Texas is becoming a semi-tropical climate, but having lost about 80 pounds since around the fist of May, this summer hasn’t bothered me all that much since I live near the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Northeast Texas. I’d hate to be near Houston where the humidity remains high all year long.If one takes the latitude of Jerusalem (31.7833b0 N) and compare it to the latitude of Dallas (32.7828b0 N) we have similar weather conditions. Since I generally check Jerusalem’s weather once a day and compare it to Dallas, we’re not that far apart!So when you’re spritizing over there, so are we.

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