First Kings 10 Commentary
King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. Verse 23. This chapter presents the evidence of the above statement.
The queen of Sheba comes to see for herself the great wealth and wisdom of Solomon. These are great times for the nation. The prosperity of the palace is a reflection of the wellbeing of Israel. Physical wellbeing is important because it is a representation of Israel’s victory of negative elements. These negative elements are themselves the working of sin in the world.
Like wealth, wisdom is representing Israel’s partial victory over poor decisions that Adam made in the Garden of tranquility. Remember how Solomon asked the LORD for wisdom so that he could rule God’s people in the right way. In essence, Solomon is asking for portions of the missing dominion.
These things, wealth and wisdom, are not secular or completely independent of God’s purposes. In seeking wisdom for Solomon, the LORD is restoring an important function. In seeking wealth for Solomon, the LORD is restoring yet another important human function.
Importantly, this chapter is showing us the generosity of the LORD. The saint does well to remember that there was a time when the LORD so blessed Israel that the nations came to marvel at the blessings. The saint can look forward to a time when the real Son would come. The great and powerful of the nations will marvel at the saints when the LORD appears in glory. The saint can always take relief from the fact that very soon they shall walk on streets of gold when the real Son makes everything new. This chapter says; yes, it is possible.