Muffy Howard, MOPS Mentor Mom Coordinator
When I first read the passage in 1 Kings, I was a horse-crazy kid in Sunday school. Twelve thousand horses! I didn’t even have one horse, and I wanted one very badly. I just couldn’t imagine that many horses! In rereading the passage now I am still amazed at the blessings that God showered on King Solomon and all of Israel. They enjoyed a peace and prosperity that they had never experienced before.
David had many blessings and was a man after God’s own heart, but God would not allow him to build the temple because he was a warrior. That was left to his son, Solomon, who was a man of peace. God asked Solomon what he would like and he chose wisdom. Because God was pleased with his request, He gave Solomon riches and a long life as well.
In Psalm 72, David prays for Solomon and his reign. This passage is also a prophesy of the coming Messiah. “He will judge in righteousness, He will defend the afflicted, save the children, crush the oppressor. He will endure as long as the sun and moon, he will rule from sea to sea, to the ends of the earth. All kings will bow down to Him and all nations will serve Him. May His name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun. All nations will be blessed through Him, and they will call Him blessed.”
What did I take away from today’s reading? Wisdom is worth pursuing .Solomon wrote in Proverbs: “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.”
In Psalm 127 we see that Solomon knew all his accomplishments would be in vain unless the Lord was in charge of everything.
Also, it is clear that the Holy Spirit spoke through David in Psalm 72, enabling him to foretell the coming Messiah.
Now, about those horses. Can you imagine cleaning 4000 stalls?