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fered such great sacrifices as Solomon did. 1 Kin. iii. 4, and S, 5. 63, 64. 1 Kin. ix. 25. This is agreeable to what the prophecies represent of the Messiah, as the great priest of God, who by the sacrifices he should offer, should perfectly satisfy divine justice, and truly procare the favour of God for his people; his sacrifices being herein of greater value than thousands of rams and ten thousands of rivers of oil, and all the beasts of the field. Solomon built the temple; agreeably to Zech. vi. 12, 13. He made the dwelling place of God, that before was only a moveable tent, to become a stable building, built on a rock or everlasting mountain ; agreeably to Isai. xxxiii. 20. “Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities. Thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down : not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed ; neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken." Chap. xxviii. 16, 17. “Behold I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation - judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet.” Ezek. xxxvii. 26. “Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them : it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will place them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore,"? taken together with the prophetical description of that sanctuary in the fortieth and following chapters. Solomon's temple and his other buildings in Jerusalem were exceeding stately and magnificent, so that he vastly increased the beauty and glory of the city. Isai. I. 13. “ The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee. The fir-tree, the pine-tree, and the box-tree together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary: and I will make the place of my feet glorious.” Ver. 15. “I will make thee an eternal excellency." Chap. liv. 11, 12. “ Behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires; and I will make thy windows of agates and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant scones.” The temple that Solomon built was exceeding magnifical of fame and of glory throughout all lands. i Chron. . xxii. 5; agreeably to Isai. ii. 2. “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow into it.” See also Mic. iv. 1, 2. Isai. Ix., at the beginning. “Arise, shine ; for thy light is comethe Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee; and the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising." Solomon enlarged the place of sacrificing, so that sacrifices were not only offered on the altar, but all the middle part of the court was made use of for that end, by reason of the multitude of worshippers and the abundance of sacrifices. i Kin. viji. 64. 2 Chron. vii. 7. ; which is agreeable to Jer. iii. 16,
17. “And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land in those days, saith the Lord, they shall say no more, the ark of the covenant of the Lord,” &c. at that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord, and all nations shall be gathered unto the name of the Lord unto Jerusalem.” Mal. i. 10, 11. “From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, my name shall be great among the Gentiles, and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering:" - and many other places. Solomon was a great intercessor for Israel, and by his intercession he obtained that God should forgive their sins, and hear their prayers, and pity them under their calamities, and deliver them from their enemies, and fulfil his promises, and supply all their necessities that they might find mercy and find grace to help in a time of need, and that God might dwell with Israel, and take up his abode among them, as their king, saviour, and father. (2 Kin. viii. 2 Chron. vi.) By his intercession and prayer he brought fire down from heaven, to consume their sacrifices; and obtained that God should come down in a cloud of glory to fill his temple. 2 Chron. vii. 1-3. 1 Kin. viii. 54. His intercession was as it were continual, as though he ever lived to make intercession for his people, that they might obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. See those remarkable words, 1 Kin. viii. 59. Solomon was not only an intercessor for Israel, but for the stranger that was not of Israel, but came out of a far country for God's name sake, when he should hear of his great name and great salvation. i Kin. viii. 41-43. 2 Chron. vi. 32, 33.; which is agreeable to what the prophecies do abundantly represent of the joint interest of the Gentiles in the utmost ends of the earth, with Israel in the Messiah, through hearing his great name, and the report of his salvation. Solomon prayed for all the people of the earth that they might know the true God. 1 Kin. viii. 60. So the prophecies do abundantly show, that the Messiah should actually obtain this benefit for all nations of the world. Solomon did the part of a priest in blessing the congregation. 1 Kin. viii. 14. 2 Chron. vi. 3, with Num. vi. 23. ; which is agreeable to the prophecies which do represent the Messiah as a priest, and also to Gen. xxii. 18. “In thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” To the like purpose, chap. xii. 3, xviii. 18, and xxvi. 4, and Psa. Ixxij. 17. * Add men shall be blessed in him." Solomon made a covenant with the king of Tyre, and the servants of the king of Tyre were associated with the servants of Solomon in the building of the temple : which is agreeable to the prophecies of the Messiah's being a light to the Gentiles and covenant of the people; and the Gentiles being associated with the Jews and becoming one people with them; and their coming and building in
the temple of the Lord. Zech. vi. 15. Isai. Ix. 10. “And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee.” And particularly the prophecies that represent that the nation in the islands and ends of the earth and maritime places, the chief nations for arts, wealth, merchandise, and seafaring should be brought into the kingdom of the Messiah, bringing their silver and gold to the name of the Lord, &c. And that the Tyrians in particular should be the people of the Messiah. Solomon brought the glory of Lebanon, or the best and fairest of its growth, to build the temple of God; agreeably to Isai. Ix. 13. Solomon in an eminent manner executed judgment and justice. 1 Kin. iii. 11. 29. and x. 9. 18. His throne of judgment was of ivory, a white, pure and precious substance, used in the Old Testament as a symbol of purity and righteousness. This is agreeable to innumerable prophecies of the Messiah. It was in Solomon's time that God first gave his people Israel fully to enjoy that rest in Canaan, that he had promised them in the time of Moses; and Solomon's rest was glorious. 1 Kin. v. 4. “But now the Lord my God hath given me rest on every side.” And ch. viii. 56. "Blessed be the Lord God, that hath given rest unto his people Israel; according to all that he promised, there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant." This is agreeable to Isai. xi. 10. "And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, wbich shall stand for an ensign of the people: to it shall the Gentiles seek; and his rest shall be glorious.” Jer. xxx. 10. “So I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return and be in rest and quiet, and none shall make him afraid.” Isai. xxxiii. 20. “Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities. Thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down." And xxxii. 17, 18. “And the work of righteousness shall be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance for ever. And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his own vine, and under his own fig-tree, from Dan to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon. I Kin. iv. 25; agreeable lo Mic. iv. 4. “But they shall sit every man under bis vine and under his fig-tree, and none shall make them afraid.” Zech. iii. 10. “In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, ye shall call every man his neighbour under his vine, and under bis fig-tree.” In Solomon's reign there was neither adversary nor evil occurrent. So according to the prophecies in the Messiah's times there shall be no adversary. Isai. xxv. 5. “Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers as the heat in a dry place, even the heat with the shadow of a cloud; the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.” VOL. IX
Isai. liv. 14. “In righteousness shalt thou be established. Thou shalt be far from oppression, for thou shalt not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near thee.” And xlix. 19. 6 They that swallowed thee up, shall be far away.” Isai. Ix. 13. “Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders.” And xi. 13. The adversaries of Judah shall be cut off.” So Ezek. xxxvi. 12, 13, and many other places. So by the prophecies of the Messial's times, there should not be evil occurrent. Isai. XXV. 8.
“ He will wipe away tears from off all faces.” And xxxv. 10. “Sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” Isai. xxxv. 24. “And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick." Isai. lxv. 19. “ And ihe voice of weeping shall no more be heard in her, nor the voice of crying.” Ver. 21. “And they shall build houses and inhabit them, and they shall plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them." Zech. viii. 12. “ The seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit; and the ground shall give her increase; and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things;" and many other places. In Solomon's time Israel were possessed of great riches, silver, and gold, and other precious things in vast abundance. 1 Kings x. 21-23. 27; agreeable to Isai. Ix. 5. " The abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee. The forces (or wealth) of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” Ver. 6. “ The multitude of camels shall cover thee. The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah they shall bring gold.” Ver. 9. “ The ships of Tarshish shall bring their silver and their gold.” Ver. 11. “ Thy gates shall be open continually, they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces (or wealth) of the Gentiles." Ver. 17. “ For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron.” Ixi. 6. “ Ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves." Ixvi. 11, 12. “That ye may milk out and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream; then shall ye suck,” &c., and many other places. Solomon's reign was a time of great feasting and rejoicing in Israel. i Kin. iv. 20-22, 23, viii. 65, and x. 5; agreeable to Isai. xxv. 6. “And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.” Isai. Ixv. 13, 14. “ Behold, my servants shall eat-my servants shall drink-my servants shall rejoice-my servants shall sing for joy of heart.” Ver. 18. “ Behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing and her people a joy." Jer. xxxi. 12. “Therefore shall ye come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for
wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock, and of the herd, and their soul shall be as a watered garden, and they shall not sorrow any more at all.” Zech. viii. 19. “ Thus saith the Lord of hosts, The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth shall be to the house of Judah joy, and gladness, and cheerful feasts." Chap. ix. 15. “ They shall drink and make a noise as through wine, and they shall be filled like bowls and as the corners of the altar." Also Isai. xxxv. 1, 2, 10, xliv. 23, xlix. 13, and Ixi. 3, and li. 11, and very many other places.
There was a vast increase of God's people Israel in Solomon's days, so that they were as the sand of the sea, and were so many that they could not be numbered or counted for multitude. 1 Kin. iii. 8, iv. 20. The servants of Solomon and those that stood continually before him, were pronounced happy, eminently and remarkably so. 1 Kin. x. 8. • Happy are these thy men ; happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.” Agreeable to Ps. Ixxii. 17. “ And man shall be blessed in him." Isai. xxxiii. 17. “ Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty.” Isai. ii. 5. “O house of Jacob, come ye, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” In Solomon's reign the remnant of the heathen were made bondmen, but the Israelites were for noble employments. i Kings ix. 21, 22. Agreeable to Isai. Ixi. 5, 6. “ And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your ploughmen and your vine dressers. But ye shall be named the priests of the Lord: men shall call you the ministers of our God. Ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. Solomon made cedars to be as the sycamore trees that are in the vale for abundance.” Agreeable to Isai. lv. 13. “ Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir-tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle-tree, and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.” Chap. xli. 19. “I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah-tree, and the myrtle and the oil-tree. I will set in the desert the fir-tree, and the pine, and the box-tree together.” Isai. xxxv. 1, 2. “ T'he desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon.” In Solomon's days, the house of the Lord was in a remarkable manner filled with glory. 1 Kings viii. 10, 11. 2 Chron. v. 13, 14, and vii. 1, 2; agreeable to Hag. ii. 7. In Solomon's days, a great and extraordinary feast of tabernacles was kept. 1 Kings viii. 65. 2 Chron. v. 3, and vii. 8-10. It was by far the greatest seast of tabernacles that ever was kept in Israel. This is agreeable to Zech. xiv. 16--19. The blessings