II Chronicles 8 & 9

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The best we can determine from the historical record is that the Galatians were originally Celtic people. The Celts are my forebears because my mother was a Kelly, an Irishwoman. As much as I might fancy being a physical descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the reality is that I, like the Galatians, am a descendant of the Celtic peoples. My ancestors were not Israelites. They were wild people who worshipped cruel gods, gods that demanded human sacrifices and human blood. Their priests were called “druids”—mysterious men and women who communed with nature and the world of the spirits. The Celtic world was a world in between, a world on the edge of borders or across waters. My ancestors lived in fear of this shadowy world of malevolent spirits and bloodthirsty gods, of sacrifices on the equinox, of sacred stones and sacred trees. My ancestors ran naked on the battlefields, bodies painted with woad, shouting and screaming to terrify their enemies, then feasting on the blood of their victims. It’s not a very pretty family portrait.

My claim to the inheritance of the kingdom and my place of standing in Israel is not based on my genetic descent. The truth that lays claim on me is much deeper, much more profound, and much more powerful than Israelite ancestry. I am part of the seed of Abraham because I am part of the body of Messiah, and Messiah is the seed of Abraham. When a Gentile (or an Israelite, for that matter) places faith in Messiah, he becomes a part of the body of Messiah…

My Gentile ethnos is no longer relevant as regards to my place in the family. If I accept those truths, then I am no longer in any need of clinging to replacement theology; I no longer need claim Israelite ancestry; I have no need to search for a Jew in my genealogy; I need not undergo a legal conversion to Judaism. To look for something more, something physical, something outside of my relationship with Messiah in order to offer me a sense of identity or status in the eyes of men is essentially the very sin the Galatians were committing. — D. Thomas Lancaster, Grafted In

Personally, I’ve found that my DNA is mostly German (over 50%, in fact!) and Scandinavian… So, basically, I’m descended from peoples who gave the world the Nazis and the Vikings… So happy to be grafted in to the Faith of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—adopted into a new family and spiritual heritage which gave us the Messiah Jesus Christ!

So, continuing today with the life of King Solomon, who was a type of Christ—though an imperfect one, as they all were. Jesus would say of Himself, “A greater than Solomon is here.”

At the end of twenty years, in which Solomon had built the house of the Lord and his own house, 2 Solomon rebuilt the cities that Hiram had given to him, and settled the people of Israel in them. 3 And Solomon went to Hamath-zobah and took it. 4 He built Tadmor in the wilderness and all the store cities that he built in Hamath. 5 He also built Upper Beth-horon and Lower Beth-horon, fortified cities with walls, gates, and bars, 6 and Baalath, and all the store cities that Solomon had and all the cities for his chariots and the cities for his horsemen, and whatever Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion. 7 All the people who were left of the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, who were not of Israel, 8 from their descendants who were left after them in the land, whom the people of Israel had not destroyed—these Solomon drafted as forced labor, and so they are to this day. 9 But of the people of Israel Solomon made no slaves for his work; they were soldiers, and his officers, the commanders of his chariots, and his horsemen. 10 And these were the chief officers of King Solomon, 250, who exercised authority over the people (II Chronicles 8:1-10 ESV).

In the coming Kingdom Age, the Gentile world will pay tribute to the LORD of Glory.

Solomon brought Pharaoh’s daughter up from the city of David to the house that he had built for her, for he said, “My wife shall not live in the house of David king of Israel, for the places to which the ark of the Lord has come are holy.” 12 Then Solomon offered up burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of the Lord that he had built before the vestibule, 13 as the duty of each day required, offering according to the commandment of Moses for the Sabbaths, the new moons, and the three annual feasts—the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Booths. 14 According to the ruling of David his father, he appointed the divisions of the priests for their service, and the Levites for their offices of praise and ministry before the priests as the duty of each day required, and the gatekeepers in their divisions at each gate, for so David the man of God had commanded. 15 And they did not turn aside from what the king had commanded the priests and Levites concerning any matter and concerning the treasuries (II Chronicles 8:11-15 ESV).

Solomon was enticed by the pagan spiritualties of foreign women. He was intrigued by their occult practices and seduced by the inherit sensuality of adulterous worship.  Lawlessness has an appeal to the flesh that is undeniable, and Solomon was prey to it, at least for a season.

Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions, having a very great retinue and camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones. And when she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind. 2 And Solomon answered all her questions. There was nothing hidden from Solomon that he could not explain to her. 3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, 4 the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, and their clothing, his cupbearers, and their clothing, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the Lord, there was no more breath in her (II Chronicles 9:1-4 ESV).

The Glory of the LORD having now risen upon Israel, the kings of the Gentiles come to that light, bringing their riches with them, and find there a glory and a wisdom such as the world had never seen.

Thus King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. 23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put into his mind. 24 Every one of them brought his present, articles of silver and of gold, garments, myrrh, spices, horses, and mules, so much year by year. 25 And Solomon had 4,000 stalls for horses and chariots, and 12,000 horsemen, whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem. 26 And he ruled over all the kings from the Euphrates to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt. 27 And the king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stone, and he made cedar as plentiful as the sycamore of the Shephelah. 28 And horses were imported for Solomon from Egypt and from all lands (II Chronicles 9:22-28 ESV).

Jesus, when reigning from Jerusalem in the days of the coming Kingdom Age will be the wisest King Who has ever lived and, thereby, will bring riches and prosperity to the entirety of the world.

Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, from first to last, are they not written in the history of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer concerning Jeroboam the son of Nebat? 30 Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years. 31 And Solomon slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David his father, and Rehoboam his son reigned in his place (II Chronicles 9:29-31 ESV).

Though Solomon got messed up with the idolatrous pagan practices of his foreign wives, I believe he returned to pure worship of Jehovah God before his death… But I could be wrong… I’m also not anti-Ecclesiastes like a lot of people…

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity. And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many Proverbs.  The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words; and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.  The Words of the Wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.  And further, by these, my son, be admonished; of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.  (Eccl 12:8-12 KJV).