The Bible in a Year: Day 91 (1 Kings 10-12)

1 Kings 10 — 666 talents of gold, huh (v. 14 cf. 2 Chron. 9:13)? We know that 666 is the mark of the beast, but the mark of the beast is said to be the “number of a man” (Rev. 13:18). Gold usually represents deity. The Queen of Sheba’s gift could be seen as a picture of the hypostatic union.

1 Kings 11 — The beginning of the end (vv. 1-2). I wonder if Paul had Solomon in mind (vv. 3-10) when he was making his case for staying single (1 Cor. 7). It’s amazing how David’s faithfulness managed to overpower Solomon’s disobedience. The entire kingdom should have been taken from him but God left a tribe so that David would always have a lamp before him in Jerusalem (v. 13, 32, 34, 36). Simply amazing! I never caught this before, but it appears to me that Jeroboam fleeing to Egypt to avoid being killed by Solomon presents a type of Christ fleeing to Egypt to avoid death at the hand of Herod (Matt. 2).

1 Kings 12 — Rehoboam didn’t get any of his father’s wisdom; that’s for sure! This is the problem with exalting novices (vv. 1-15 cf. 1 Tim. 3:6) and surrounding yourself with “yes men.” The wisest counsel if often advice you don’t want to hear. Jeroboam was no better than Rehoboam though. His solution to the perceived threat of people returning to Rehoboam’s rule was to lead them into idolatry (vv. 26-33). Imagine that!



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