My Dad loved the movie “King Solomon’s Mine” and longed to see it again, the 30’s version or 50’s I don’t remember, but back in the 80’s I remember him talking about it… Movies glamorized the storylines of intrigue, romance, power and wealth…. (the movie makers were interested in the wealth too)… The myth makers are still interested in the wealth of forgotten mines and captivating story lines… and yet what does the Bible say about King David and his son future King Solomon? That even God is not interested in the palaces and the gold and the drippings of earthly wealth. God, in HIS LOVE, IS INTERESTED ABOVE ALL IN OUR LOVE!
God told David to NOT build a house for the ark of the covenant, which was carried for years, and dwelled under a tent. David thought of the reverence required for this precious cargo but God did not have David build anything more than what He already had. (God can take whatever we are too and provide our future). God promised David that He would LOVE his/His son Solomon, the one whom He would direct to build a temple, God would direct this and keep him safe and always love him even when he turned away. Love is a beautiful temple that never crumbles. Even Solomon’s temple was temporary and eventually crumbled.
God was and is already on the go, not just cargo in an ark. Obviously God is everywhere and the ark that God maintained became a reminder keeper for Manna and the tablets etc. God’s presence was felt and He did show favor in those times when He was consulted. He DID want the people to know Him and especially to KNOW how He rescued them. He still wants us to know that.
What was and IS the Lord’s treasure IS still the Lord’s – US. And the Lord would continue to build the house of David which means the bloodline for Jesus coming as a baby into the world. Jesus being King brought His Kingdom here. Jesus ruling the Kingdom of Heaven came not simply as a king of Earth, as some thought He would direct in earthly power, Jesus came to secure our sin sacrifice for our souls.
Jesus mines SOULS.
Jesus also knew He would become broken and rise up. Jesus is the ultimate LOVE we are under. He came and already existed.
King Solomon’s Mines are nothing like Jesus saying: Your Mine, Your Mine, Your Mine. Jesus mines SOULS.
Make mine Yours, Lord.
God’s Promise to David
2nd Samuel 7:1-17
After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”
Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.” But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying: “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’
“Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth. And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.
“‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.’”
Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.
Here’s a discussion of the mining myth: