Thursday, November 21, 2013

Journal Through the Bible: Week 46 Thursday

I Kings chapter 4

This chapter is a pleasant one to read! Among other things it gives a record of those who served in Solomon's court. One name, that of Zabud, is listed as Solomon's principle officer and the king's friend. Wouldn't it be nice to have your name recorded in Holy Writ as the king's friend?  Oh, wait! You can! :)

Notice also that a few of Solomon's sons-in-law were in his employ. We know then that Solomon had at least two daughters. (See verses 11 and 15.)

Does God issue any commands?

  • God does not speak in this chapter.

Does God make any promises?

  • Again, scripture recounts the blessings of God upon the nation of Israel that proved that God fulfilled His promises to the patriarchs. The people were so numerous that they could not be numbered. The territory over which Solomon ruled was large. The people were well-fed and lived in nice houses. "They lacked nothing." (See verse 27.)
  • God fulfilled His promise to Solomon to give him exceeding wisdom and understanding.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Solomon kept records of his beloved servants and friends. We are told in scripture that Jesus keeps our names written in His book, too, that is known as The Lamb's Book of Life. All of His friends are named there.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • This is a beautiful chapter to read! It tells of all the magnificence of Solomon's kingdom: it's majesty, peace, abundance, and tranquility. Yet it is only a mere shadow of what awaits us in the future kingdom of Jesus!

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