2000-10-07 - The Reigns of David & Solomon
Messiah: His Final Call to Israel Series, Part 7
I read a paragraph in last Sunday's paper which gave a brief summary of the fighting and the death's along with the injury report that began last week on the Temple Mount in Israel. It was a quote from a Palestinian who toted an M-16 and refused to be identified by his name. The long and short of the statement he made was, "The war for Jerusalem has begun." In my eyes, I see the war for peace as a Spiritual battle where the truth of the Bible is suppressed around this issue of peace. Although it is God's plan to see peace come to Israel -AND- we are to pray for it, that peace will only come in God's time and in God's way as He depicted in the Bible. It is no secret that the Middle East peace talks are a hot issue and that Jerusalem is a key element in those talks. Still I have searched the major news articles and do not see one sentence that discusses the Biblical perspective for peace in Israel. This week we will be concluding our "mountain peaks" of Jewish history section of this series and next week we will begin to examine what the Bible says about "the real peace process" and how that will eventually come to Israel. We know that according to Psalm 122:6 those of us who love Israel need to be praying for the peace of Jerusalem. My hope is that with the knowledge gained from this series all of you (our readers) will be able to pray in accord with what God teaches in His Holy Word. In other words we can prayerfully cooperate with God's plans and purposes as His peace will be the only peace established according to His Will.
In the days of David and Solomon, the kingdom of Israel reached its greatest height of glory, power, and influence in the world. The eighty years of their combined reigns were the Golden era of Jewish national history from every standpoint.
The Lord can work marvelously when He has servants yielded to Him. Someone has well said that the world has yet to see what He God can do through one whose heart is perfect toward Him. David was a man after God's own heart.
I Samuel 13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: Jehovah hath sought him a man after his own heart, and Jehovah hath appointed him to be prince over his people, because thou hast not kept that which Jehovah commanded thee.
It is true that, figuratively speaking, Satan slipped up on the blind side of David and caused him to sin grossly. When, however, he was brought face to face with his sins, he humbled himself before God and implored divine mercy.
Solomon's heart was right when the Lord chose him to rule His people.
I Kings 3:4-9 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place, a thousand burnt-offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. 5 In Gibeon, Jehovah appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, "Ask what I shall give thee." 6 And Solomon said, "Thou hast showed unto thy servant David my father great lovingkindness, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great lovingkindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day." 7 And now, O Jehovah my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child; I know not how to go out or come in. 8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. 9 Give thy servant therefore an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to judge this thy great people?
Though Solomon started out well, he made a wreck of his life. He was a man of peace, and it seems that he was willing to purchase peace at any price. He adopted the principle of maintaining peace by royal marriages. When the war clouds began to appear on the horizon, we may believe that Solomon arranged marriage between himself and some of the princesses of the countries involved. Thus war was averted. By adopting this policy as a principle upon which to build peace, Solomon destroyed the basis of a just and righteous government.
According to the historical account in I Kings chapter 11, we see the leaven of immorality rapidly spreading throughout the kingdom and destroying the basic, fundamental principles of life.
Judged from the standpoint of literature, the reigns' of David and Solomon surpassed all other periods of Jewish history. It is to be borne in mind that the literary activities of Israel were the result of the Holy Spirit speaking in and through chosen vessels. The world has been enriched by the poets, philosophers, and historians; but none of the writings of the uninspired men can compare with the writings of the Sacred Scriptures.
In this golden era of David and Solomon, appeared the Book of Psalms, the greatest selection of devotional and prophetic poems ever compiled; the Book of Proverbs, unsurpassed in practical wisdom; Ecclesiastes, the one Book showing the vanity of all human strivings; the Song of Solomon, the greatest love song ever written; and probably the Book of Job, the greatest drama ever written. The rays of divine glory continually flashed forth during the golden era of Israel's literary activity. Next week we will take a second look at Sanai. We will begin to examine what will happen in the end times to bring peace to Israel. The Holy Scriptures speak very plainly about these events.
As this series unfolds we will be digging deeply into the Word of God to clearly see this peace and some of the key events that will lead up to it.
In His Service,