1 Kings 4* Solomon's court. (1-19) Solomon's dominions, His dailyprovision. (20-28) The wisdom of Solomon. (29-34)1-19 In the choice of the great officers of Solomon's court, nodoubt, his wisdom appeared. Several are the same that were inhis father's time. A plan was settled by which no part of thecountry was exhausted to supply his court, though each sent itsportion. 20-28 Never did the crown of Israel shine so bright, as whenSolomon wore it. He had peace on all sides. Herein, his kingdomwas a type of the Messiah's; for to Him it is promised that heshall have the heathen for his inheritance, and that princesshall worship him. The spiritual peace, and joy, and holysecurity, of all the faithful subjects of the Lord Jesus, weretypified by that of Israel. The kingdom of God is not, asSolomon's was, meat and drink, but, what is infinitely better,righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. The vastnumber of his attendants, and the great resort to him, are shownby the provision daily made. Herein Christ far outdoes Solomon,that he feeds all his subjects, not with the bread thatperishes, but with that which endures to eternal life. 29-34 Solomon's wisdom was more his glory than his wealth. Hehad what is here called largeness of heart, for the heart isoften put for the powers of the mind. He had the gift ofutterance, as well as wisdom. It is very desirable, that thosewho have large gifts of any kind, should have large hearts touse them for the good of others. What treasures of wisdom andknowledge are lost! But every sort of knowledge that is needfulfor salvation is to be found in the holy Scriptures. There camepersons from all parts, who were more eager after knowledge thantheir neighbours, to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Solomon washerein a type of Christ, in whom are hid all treasures of wisdomand knowledge; and hid for us, for he is made of God to us,wisdom. Christ's fame shall spread through all the earth, andmen of all nations shall come to him, learn of him, and takeupon them his easy yoke, and find rest for their souls.
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