The throne belongs to the wonderful government of Solomon and is actually a high point. It is a throne that has never been made in any kingdom. It can only be applied to the throne of the Lord Jesus, of whom Solomon is still such a beautiful picture here.
It is not very obvious that there is talk about ivory covered with gold. It may be a throne of wood covered partly with ivory and partly with gold. Ivory can only be obtained by death. It is different with gold; there the thought of death does not come to the fore. Ivory as the fruit of death and gold as the picture of Divine glory are the basis of the throne of the Lord Jesus. He rules because He is God Himself and at the same time He is the One Who died as Man, but also rose up and lives forever.
Six steps lead up to that glorious throne. On each of these six steps are two lions, that is twelve lions together, one for each tribe. Beside the throne are two more, that brings the total to fourteen, that is two times seven. The throne itself is on the seventh step. The lion is also a symbol of Christ Himself.
To take place on the throne, there have to be climbed seven steps. We see these steps in the life of the Lord Jesus, Who will finally take place on the throne. If the Lord had knelt before Satan (Mt 4:8-98Again, the devil *took Him to a very high mountain and *showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory;9and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.”), He would not have had such a throne. It would be, so to speak, a throne without steps. The Lord wanted to go every step of the six, while the seventh makes Him sit directly on the throne itself.
The throne described here is not the throne comparable to the place He occupies on the right side of God. He has already reached it. This is the throne of David on earth, who has been prepared from the foundation of the world. In the six steps we can see the way He has gone to take his place on that throne. Maybe there are other applications to make, but a possible interpretation for each step is the following:
1. The first step is His willingness to do the will of God: “‘Behold, I have come … To do Your will, O God” (Heb 10:77“Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come (In the scroll of the book it is written of Me) To do Your will, O God.’”).
2. The second is that He became Man. For Him that was a humiliation. He Who sits on the throne of David is the Son of man. To this end He has partook of blood and flesh: “Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same” (Heb 2:14a14Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,).
3. He partook of blood and flesh to give His life: “Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:88Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.). His death was the necessary third step.
4. It could not stop there. He is raised and resurrected: “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep” (1Cor 15:2020But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.). This is the fourth, middle step.
5. The fifth is that He went to heaven, glorified at God’s right hand: He “has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2b2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.). He now sits with His Father on the throne of His Father, not on His own throne (Rev 3:2121He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.).
6. The sixth step is that He rises from it and comes to earth on the clouds from heaven: “For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS” (Mt 16:2727For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.).
7. Then He will climb the seventh step by taking place on His throne: “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.” (Mt 25:3131“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.).
If we compare in the description of the throne what is written in verse 1919[There were] six steps to the throne and a round top to the throne at its rear, and arms on each side of the seat, and two lions standing beside the arms. with what is written in 2 Chronicles 9 (2Chr 9:1818[There were] six steps to the throne and a footstool in gold attached to the throne, and arms on each side of the seat, and two lions standing beside the arms.), the following question arises: Is the shape of the head of the throne round or is it a description of a footstool attached to the throne? It is a difficult word to translate. It seems that on the throne, on its head, is a sheep. This is how the Septuagint translates these words. This gives a nice explanation in connection with Revelation 5, where there is a lion and a lamb (Rev 5:5-65and one of the elders *said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”6And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth.). He Who sits on the throne is also the Lamb. Such a throne, such a government has never been seen.