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.
A Friend Indeed
Read 2 Samuel 16:1 through 18:33
“A friend in need is a friend indeed.” This old phrase has been interpreted several ways, but most often it is understood to mean that those who help others in need prove themselves to be true friends.
David found out who his friends were when he fled for his life after his son Absalom usurped the kingdom from him.
Shobi son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, Makir son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans and lentils, honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from cows’ milk for David and his people to eat” (2 Samuel 17:27–29).
This act of kindness was also an act of bravery, for it showed their loyalty to David and rejection of Absalom as king. Their actions could have cost them dearly if David had not been restored to the throne, yet they chose to be friends in deed.
Thought for Today: What can I do today to show someone in need that I am a true friend?
Quicklook: 2 Samuel 17:27–29
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