Let’s pause and sigh. SIGH. Here it is. The height of Israel’s prosperity. And it’s real high. Everything gold, silver made as common as stones, exotic trees, horses, chariots, spices, jewels, ivory, apes, peacocks!
God appears to Solomon and gives him an incredible promise: It can stay this way. Your heir will forever sit on this throne. I will be with you. “if you will walk before me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you and will keep My statutes and My ordinances.”
It is then when God (spoiler alert) warns the alternate ending: this house will become a heap of ruins. And yeah, that’s how 2 Kings closes.
Keeping a king and nation wholly devoted to the Lord proves impossible. Solomon makes a place for God’s name to dwell then begins dwelling on his own name. Fortunately for us, sanctifying and glorifying one race and people group was never the ultimate goal. One day, in the fulfillment of all days, (spoiler alert again) people from every tribe, tongue and nation will be sanctified and glorified as we worship at the throne of the One True King of Kings and Living God!
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of faith, for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
We’ve got the audience of those who’ve gone before us: the patriarchs and prophets. Will I heed the warnings of God when He shows me His most excellent ways vs. the destructive course of my sin?
Solomon became entangled by the lure of wealth and success. What sin so easily entangles you?