|Easley, Kendell H. Holman |
QuickSource Guide to Understanding the Bible.
Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2002.
(Courtesy of Logos Bible Software)
Twenty years had passed. Solomon had completed the Temple, his own house, a house for his wife who was also the daughter of Pharaoh, and several cities. Some of the cities were storehouses, some were for defense, and some were seaports.
Solomon also made the Canaanite people that were left in the land - and whose ancestors had been living among the Israelites since the time of Joshua - servants who worked and paid tribute. The Israelites did not serve in those capacities but were military personnel. He made 250 of them his chief officers. The Levites and priests continued in their service rotation by families according to the order that David had arranged during his reign.
Does God issue any commands?
- Not in this chapter but we read that Solomon offered burnt offerings at a certain rate every day and kept the sacrifices and offerings on the special days as required by the LORD in Leviticus.
Does God make any promises?
Not in this chapter.
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- When all was accomplished Solomon continued to worship God through the required sacrifices. When all the sacrifice was accomplished Jesus sat down at the right hand of God the Father.
- All of Solomon's enemies were put under his authority. Several scriptures say that the LORD told the Lord to sit at His right hand until He (the LORD) makes the Lord's enemies His footstool. (See Psalm 110:1, Matthew 22:44; I Corinthians 15:25, Luke 20:42-43; Acts 2:34-36.)
Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
- Solomon's kingdom in all of its glory was a type of the Kingdom of God yet to come.
- Solomon had mastery over his enemies. One day all of Jesus' enemies will be under His feet also. He is now at the right hand of God the Father awaiting that day.