December 30, 2020
They Brought Him Presents
1 Kings 10:23-27 (KJV) So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom. And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year. And Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he bestowed in the cities for chariots, and with the king at Jerusalem. And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycomore trees that are in the vale, for abundance.
This scripture tells us that King Solomon was rich and richly blessed. Everything he had, he had in abundance. In other words, Solomon never lacked for anything. This characterization is correct; he was rich in earthly things and specially blessed with great wisdom from the spiritual economy of God. I am sure you know the difference between earth-based rewards and eternal riches, and Solomon had both. The highlight being the lasting blessing of God at work upon his life.
Here again, with these verses, we are looking deeper into an ancient King receiving gifts. This time it is King Solomon who accumulated a fortune, including chariots, horses, livestock, spices, armies of men, and such. Solomon was the richest material man and king to live on this earth. In other words, he had amassed a fortune of earthly goods with royal families, leaders, territories, and people attributing to his gifts.
Indeed, God blessed Solomon richly. Some would say that this paints for us a future illustration of the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.
King Solomon is richly blessed of God in material matters and notably with the lasting wisdom of God. Studying kings from biblical times brings us much knowledge. Occasionally a godly literate individual realizes earthly riches, as did King Solomon, but all God’s spiritual family can expect certain riches in the eternal realm. King Solomon’s life can provide many valuable lessons, applicable then, today, and for the future.
Copyright © 2020 The Crucified Life Ministries*, All rights reserved
Visit our website at www.tclministries.org/
Our mailing address is: P. O. Box 567 Perrysville, Ohio 44864
Sign up to receive Take Up Your Cross Daily Devotional blog HERE The Gordons reside in rural North Central Ohio, have two grown sons, and a spoiled German Shepherd and a Lab puppy, and enjoy camping in their free time.
Copyright © 2021 The Crucified Life Ministries*, All rights reserved www.tclministries.org