King Solomon establishes an efficient system of government centered in Jerusalem and appoints ministers and governors to the different regions of the land. Solomon’s method of decentralizing the government and delegating authorities to his subordinates earns him popular trust. The land of Israel enters an era of economic and social prosperity. The people enjoy a life of comfort and abundance. Solomon expands the borders of his kingdom and excels in his ambitious construction and trade projects.
“So king Solomon was king over all Israel” (1 Kings 4:1)
“And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, which provided victuals for the king and his household: each man his month in a year made provision” (1 Kings 4:7)
“Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry” (1 Kings 4:20)
Joy is feeling the light of the Creator.