Because the LORD loved Israel forever, he has made you king, that you may
execute justice and righteousness” (1 Kings 10:9). Even more glorious than the material blessings and the justice that Israel enjoys in Solomon are the righteousness and lovingkindness of Yahweh.
And on this high note we end the seventh unit of the Bible, the readings on the establishment of the monarchy in Israel, that extend from Ruth 1 through 1 Kings 10. How different these are than the book of Judges! Yahweh redeemed Israel from the spiral of spiritual decline by establishing His anointed (David, and then Solomon) in His chosen city (Jerusalem), by joining him with a faithful priest (Zadok), by multiplying the Israelites in the Promised Land and by giving them peace and prosperity among all their neighbors. His people reflect His just dominion and enjoy the blessings of being His special treasure. May the name of Yahweh be exalted!