Vs. 1, “So King Solomon ruled over all Israel.” It was quite a time for Israel under the kingship of Solomon. Solomon’s request to rule with a discerning heart was coming to fruition. In the first half of our chapter (vs. 2-19), we are given a list of the chief officials and governors that helped run the kingdom. It reminds me that one person cannot run a kingdom; many are needed. The kingdom prospered and the vast number of provisions (vs. 20-28) given in tribute testify of this. The prophet Samuel was right when he had told Israel how a king will take much from them (I Samuel 8:10-18). The latter half of our chapter (vs. 29-34), illustrate Solomon’s wisdom in action. His knowledge rivaled all his contemporaries of the day (vs. 30-31). Solomon’s breath of knowledge was deep as he constructed proverbs, songs, and taught about nature (plants and animals). Ancient social media spread around to many nations as they heard about this wise king.
Regarding application…Prosperity Living. Vs. 20, “The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy.” It’s hard to fathom living in such a prosperous time. Even living in first-world countries today, there is a lack of prosperity for the general population. It’s not easy to look upon the struggles of others and us and feel a bit melancholy. There are pockets of history in time and place where people have prospered; like Solomon’s time. However, this is but a shadow of what our lives will be like one day in eternity. There will be unavoidable struggles and storms we must endure until our Lord Jesus returns a second time. Besides, it’s good not to get too comfortable with prosperous times, for He gives and takes away. As we continue in the kingdom chronicles, we will see what can happen when we put our trust in prosperity alone. Remember to keep an eternal perspective on life and praise God in both good time and bad.