As we enter the section of the Kings of Israel (1 & 2 Kings and 1 & 2 Chronicles), we start with Solomon. David, God’s chosen king, has reigned for 40 years and he passes his kingdom to his son Solomon. While David was alive, he wanted to build the temple for God. He wanted to build the Lord’s house. But, God would not let him. David recounts this to Solomon and tells him to build the temple.
1 Chronicles 22:8–10 (NKJV) — 8 but the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have made great wars; you shall not build a house for My name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in My sight. 9 Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies all around. His name shall be Solomon, for I will give peace and quietness to Israel in his days. 10 He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son, and I will be his Father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’
It is interesting that we translate this “His name shall be Solomon”, but this isn’t the literal translation. The name Solomon means peace. The literal translation is “His name shall be Peace”. This prophecy from God was meant about an even greater king, but Solomon was a foreshadow of Him. Now, David had not sinned by being a man of war, it was simply that he was a man chosen for war. God had chosen his son Solomon to be the king of peace and only then would his temple be built. So when Solomon becomes king, he begins the building.
1 Kings 5:3–5 (NKJV) — 3 You know how my father David could not build a house for the name of the LORD his God because of the wars which were fought against him on every side, until the LORD put his foes under the soles of his feet. 4 But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor evil occurrence. 5 And behold, I propose to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spoke to my father David, saying, “Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he shall build the house for My name.”
Solomon says a very interesting thing here. He explains that the temple couldn’t be built “until the Lord put his foes under the soles of his feet.” Again, we see the Lord only permitting a house to be built for Him when peace reigns in Israel.
But David and Solomon are both shadows of someone greater coming. David, the king of war, foreshadows the coming Messiah Jesus Christ as a conquering king when he installs His kingdom on the earth. Solomon, the king of peace, foreshadows the King Jesus Christ reigning on the earth as the Prince of Peace. And this King will not build his temple until His enemies are a footstool.
Hebrews 10:12–13 (NKJV) — 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.
Once His enemies are conquered, then Jesus will raise up the great final temple. Once there is peace in Jerusalem, then there will be a true temple.
Sometimes the Lord calls us to be men of war, but in the end, He wants us to all be men of peace. The Kingdom is not established with war, but with peace.
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – 1 Kings 10-11
- Day 2 – 1 Kings 12-14
- Day 3 – 1 Kings 15-17
- Day 4 – 1 Kings 18-20
- Day 5 – 1 Kings 21-22
- Day 6 – 2 Kings 1-3
- Day 7 – 2 Kings 4-5