and Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the House of the LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem round about. And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the Statutes of David his father … (I Ki. 3:1, 3).
Israel was forbidden to make affinity in marriage with the Canaanites; with respect to the Egyptians, such Passages as Isaiah 19:21, 23, 25; Zechariah 14:18; Deuteronomy 23:7; and, Ezekiel 29:13 suggest that they are vessels of mercy, prepared unto Millennial Glory, in union with Israel, and, as such, are representative of the future redeemed Gentile nations.
Solomon’s marriage, therefore, with the daughter of Egypt and her introduction into the city of David, where the Ark was—symbol of the Covenant and of God’s relationship with His People, brought her into that Covenant (Ps. 105:8–23). The Covenant was not made with Pharaoh’s daughter. But Grace placed her where the Ark, the symbol of the Covenant, was hidden; and thus was she safeguarded and sheltered by Him Who had made that Covenant with His People, and Who will, in the latter day, include in it all the nations of the Earth (Jer. 12:16).
At this time, the Brazen Altar was at Gibeon, where the Tabernacle was; however, the Ark was in Jerusalem, the city of David. The Brazen Altar was visible; the Ark was hidden. The Brazen Altar pictures Christ lifted up from the Earth in suffering, rejection, and death; the Ark of the Covenant pictures Christ hidden in the heavenlies awaiting the time of His manifestation in Glory.
In the sad days of the Judges and of Saul, the Tabernacle was forsaken and the Ark of the Covenant disrupted from the Brazen Altar, retired into the city of David, there hidden till the glory under Solomon was established. It was there that Solomon brought Pharaoh’s daughter (where the Ark of the Covenant was), and not to Gibeon, where the Brazen Altar was. Such is the Grace which awaits the Gentile.
Having put away sin at the Brazen Altar (Calvary) by the Sacrifice of Himself, Christ has retired into the Heavens, and we Gentiles, like Pharaoh’s daughter, shelter ourselves in that hidden Saviour. He, like Solomon, will build us a House with many mansions, and we, in union with Israel, will enter into the glory of His Millennial Kingdom.
All of this, therefore, which took place in the first part of Solomon’s reign, pictures the Gentile Church; it also looks forward to the coming Kingdom Age.
Read 2 Samuel 5:17 through 8:18; Luke 12:22–48
Disappointments come into every life, even the lives of great leaders. King David requested the privilege of building a permanent home for God. Initially, Nathan the prophet had affirmed David’s request, assuring him that God was with him. But when God spoke, Nathan had to backtrack and give David the bad news—he couldn’t fulfill his vision of building a temple for God. However, God couched the disappointing words with wonderful promises for David. David’s response was to praise God.
“How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears” (2 Samuel 7:22).
In David’s prayer of response he notes seven times that God is sovereign, meaning He has almighty power and authority. While David could not build God’s house, God promised David protection and rest. God said David’s name would be included among the greatest of all men. Also, David’s throne would be established forever. When God changes your direction and you feel disappointment, trust Him to bless your obedience.
Thought for Today: Trust in the Lord with all your heart . . . and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5–6).
Quicklook: 2 Samuel 7:18–29
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