First Kings 4 Commentary
During Solomon’s lifetime Judah and Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, lived in safety, everyone under their own vine and under their own fig tree. Verse 25. We have waited for this moment for a very long time. This is the land the LORD had given to Abraham, and this is the life the LORD had envisioned for Abraham. And in this chapter, it is done!
This chapter is therefore celebrating the faithfulness of the LORD. Solomon is ruling over a peaceful Israel from the Euphrates River to Egypt. The LORD has fulfilled His promise to Abraham. Check the vast land under Solomon and you will be impressed with the level of achievement. This is what God meant. There are moments in life when the saint stops to take stock of his life. It is a joy and also very humbling to see the faithfulness of the LORD.
Look back at Solomon’s request for wisdom. Look again at what the LORD gives Solomon. There is a bigger picture that the LORD is looking at. Israel and the LORD’S promises to Solomon’s ancestors. Solomon’s request for wisdom fits straight into the LORD’S long-standing plan. How fast the LORD answers prayer like this!
The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy. Verse 20. Again we are looking at the fulfillment of the LORD’S promise to Abraham. Out of Abraham’s seed, we have people as numerous as the sand of the seashore. Israel is a miracle nation. Remember how Isaac was born. The many that came out of that seed now occupy and control vast portions of land nearly as good as the original plan.
Here is a good picture of the LORD restoring humanity’s fortunes of Genesis chapter 1 verse 28. We have seen prosperity. We have seen the fruitfulness of the womb. We have also seen a shadow of dominion. These are good times under the shadow Son.
You would wish the Bible ended here. But between this point and our time, today, are millennia to look at. In the meantime, Israel is basking in the glories of blessings, for which we remain eternally grateful to the LORD. Indeed He has remembered His servant Abraham. His children now live peacefully in a land flowing with milk and honey. Hallelujah! Amen.