F I R S T K I N G S
An instance of the wisdom God granted to Solomon
we had in the close of the foregoing chapter. In this we have an
account of his wealth and prosperity, the other branch of the
promise there made him. We have here, I. The magnificence of his
court, his ministers of state (ver.
1-6), and the purveyors of his household (ver. 7-19), and their office,
ver. 27, 28. II. The
provisions for his table, ver. 22,
23. III. The extent of his dominion, ver. 21-24. IV. The numbers, case, and
peace, of his subjects, ver.
20-25. V. His stables, ver.
26. VI. His great reputation for wisdom and learning,
ver. 29-34. Thus great
was Solomon, but our Lord Jesus was greater than he (Matt. xii. 42), though he took upon
him the form of a servant; for divinity, in its lowest humiliation,
infinitely transcends royalty in its highest elevation.