Today, Wednesday July 05
“He Shall Have Dominion…”
“He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth. Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him, And His enemies will lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles Will bring presents; The kings of Sheba and Seba Will offer gifts. Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him; All nations shall serve Him.
For He will deliver the needy when he cries, The poor also, and him who has no helper. He will spare the poor and needy, And will save the souls of the needy. He will redeem their life from oppression and violence; And precious shall be their blood in His sight.
Over the years I have often said that most of the Bible needs no interpretation, it basically means what it says. I’m not sure when I heard this quote, but it is one that has stuck in my mind. “When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense.” In other words, the Scripture has only one interpretation but no doubt, it can have many applications. Especially in the Old Testament, we have the principle of “double fulfillment”, meaning that a particular prophetic passage would have an immediate fulfillment, but also have a future fulfilment in the ministry, work, and Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
This is what we find in Psalm 72. Literally this Psalm is about King Solomon and his rule and reign over Israel for 40 years. It was either written by his father David who prayed this prayer for him and his future reign just before he died, or it was written by Solomon himself as he remembered his father’s last words. But the fulfilment of many of the verses in this Psalm can only be found in the future reign of Jesus over Israel and all the earth during His Millennium reign (Revelation 19-20).
That being said, in verses 1-7, Solomon would be a “righteous” king. We know he started out well in this way but for sure he didn’t end well. In the later years of his rule his heart would turn from Jehovah to the false gods of his many wives, and his kingdom fell apart shortly after his death. But the complete fulfilment of these verses is found in the only true Righteous King, Jesus Christ!
In verses 8-11, we learn that Solomon would have dominion over a large part of the earth in his time. Remember God had promised Abraham that he would give his descendants all the land from the River of Egypt in the south to the Euphrates in the north (Gen. 15:18), and He reaffirmed this promise through Moses (Ex. 23:31). Both David and Solomon ruled over great kingdoms (1 Kings 4:21, 24; 1 Chron. 9:26), but neither of them ruled "from the river [Euphrates] to the ends of the earth" (v. 8). This privilege is reserved for Jesus Christ (Psalm 2:8; Zech. 9:9-10; Mic. 4:1-5; Luke 1:33).
David gained the kingdom through conquest and left it to his son who strengthened it by means of treaties. His marriages to the daughters of neighboring kings were guarantees that these nations would cooperate with Solomon's foreign policy. Even Sheba and the nomadic tribes in Arabia would pay tribute to Solomon, and so would Seba in Upper Egypt; and kings as far away as Tarshish in Spain would submit to him. (See 1 Kings 4:21, 34; 10:14-15, 24-25; 2 Chron. 9:23-24.)
But there is only one King of kings, and that is Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Isa. 2:1-4; Dan. 7:13-14; Rev. 17:14; 19:16). There can be no peace on earth until the Prince of Peace is reigning, and the nations have submitted to Him.
In verses 12-14, we are told that Solomon would have a compassionate reign. The king of Israel was looked upon as God's shepherd who lovingly cared for God's flock (Psalm 78:70-72; 100:3; Ezek. 34). Any citizen had access to the king to get help in solving legal problems, and the king was to make certain that the local judges were being fair and honest in their decisions. Solomon didn't reach this ideal even though he had a vast bureaucracy, but unfortunately his officers didn't always aid the people (Eccl. 4:1).
The picture here is surely that of our Savior who had such great compassion for the needy and met their needs (Matthew 9:36). Not only does He hold their blood (life) precious to Him (v. 14; 116:15), but He shed His own precious blood for the salvation of the world (1 Peter 1:19). Jesus Christ is the near "kinsman redeemer" illustrated by Boaz in the book of Ruth. Jesus was the only Holy and Righteous One, Who had the ability and was willing to completely pay the ransom price for the redemption of our souls!
Thank God we are “precious in His sight”.