I Kings 10:21

Robert Hawker

"And all king Solomon's drinking-vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold, none were of silver; it was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon."–I Kings x. 21.

Behold, my soul! the splendour of Solomon, and figure to thyself what a court and people his must have been, with whom silver was as nothing; and then turn thy thoughts to Jesus, and ask thyself, whether it be possible to suppose that he, with whom are hid all "the treasures of wisdom and knowledge," can be otherwise than rich himself, and abundantly gracious to enrich his people? Thy Solomon, thy Jesus, hath all things, and all things richly to dispense. He is the universal Lord and proprietor of all. In him dwelleth all fulness; "yea, durable riches and righteousness." And what endears Jesus, and marks the superiority of his kingdom is, that every thing in it is everlasting. Solomon's splendour was great, but it was limited to the period of his fife; yea, less than life. But Jesus is everlasting; the riches and the blessings he hath, and which he gives, are everlasting. Jesus maketh both gold and silver, yea, the riches of grace and wisdom, as the stones of the street for abundance; and their blessedness is, like him, eternal. So that here we find an eternity of blessings. All beside is hollow, transitory, fading. But with Jesus it is solid and substantial. "I will cause them," he saith, "that love me to inherit substance, and I will fill their treasure." Precious Lord! may I never contemplate earthly pageantry, without taking into the view thy glory; and while I behold human grandeur, however splendid, or however shining, which is but for the day, may my soul hasten to the consideration of thy glory, which is a portion for thy redeemed to live upon to all eternity!


Robert Hawker

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