The Throne of the Kingdom of the Lord

August 3, 2011

King David uttered some remarkable words to his brethren and his people concerning certain vital choices that God made among His people:

“Howbeit the LORD God of Israel chose me before all the house of my father to be king over Israel for ever: for he hath chosen Judah to be the ruler; and of the house of Judah, the house of my father; and among the sons of my father he liked me to make me king over all Israel: And of all my sons, (for the LORD hath given me many sons,) he hath chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel” (1 Chron. 28:4-5).

David used the verb choose three times in these statements to declare the LORD’s choices concerning the kingdom of Israel. The final occurrence of the verb is in a striking statement: The LORD chose Solomon, David’s son, to sit upon the throne of the LORD’s kingdom over Israel. This verse does not state that Solomon sat on the throne of his own kingdom; it declares that he sat on the throne of the kingdom of the LORD!

Although through theological reasoning the same truth could be asserted about any of the Israelite kings, it is interesting that Scripture does not explicitly record such a statement about any human king’s sitting on the throne of the kingdom of God except Solomon. Why is Solomon uniquely spoken of in this regard, and what is the full significance of his uniqueness in this regard?

I believe that answering these questions scripturally would give us crucial insights into a proper understanding of an exceedingly important biblical concept, the kingdom of God.

Rajesh

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