Pastor Eric Gilmour
‘Go forth, O daughters of Zion, And see King Solomon with the crown With which his mother crowned him On the day of his wedding, The day of the gladness of his heart.’ – Song of Solomon 3:11
Before you look at the Heavenly Solomon, you must first look at Solomon. The two-sided coin of the beauty of Solomon is found in wisdom and glory. In 1 Kings 3, God gives wisdom to Solomon and this separates him from humanity. Solomon is in a category by himself.
The kingdom of Solomon is full of glory but the kingdom of Christ has no end. His kingdom shall know no end and His glory shall know no bounds. The majesty and glory of this kingdom’s King will reign forever and ever.
The Bible tells us that God swore by Himself because He could find none greater, but Jesus swore by Himself because He could find none greater. Jesus is the Heavenly Solomon. His brightness blinds men to even the memory of a man named Solomon.
A KING LIKE NO OTHER
Solomon was so overwhelmed with God’s divine favor, that silver was despicable to him. He was filthy rich, so much so that he overlaid gold with gold. He had so much gold, that even the targets that the army practiced with were made out of gold.
When you really look at his life, it’s safe to say that Solomon is not comparable with anyone else. No king has ever ruled on the same level as Solomon. His wisdom was so widespread that no one dared to contest his potent monarch. No one came against him because they knew of the great wisdom and glory that he had.
Solomon is so unique, that God uses his wisdom to simultaneously hide and reveal the greatest mystery known to mankind: Christ and the bride. He is literally unparalleled in wealth, power, and in peace.
Solomon is literally Israel in all its glory. But even in this glory and this wisdom, and even with two encounters with God, face to face, and calling down fire from Heaven, it did not keep him. He loved the Lord but he also loved foreign women and was led astray by their idols. The man who teaches us the most about the fear of the Lord did not fear the Lord. Fearing the Lord means that you withhold nothing from Him and you give Him everything. Solomon taught us that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, yet he collected women who turned his heart from God.
SOMEONE GREATER THAN SOLOMON
Solomon may have had wisdom but Jesus Christ is the wisdom of God. Matthew 12:42 says, “The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.”Jesus claims that He is greater than the world’s most unparalleled ruler and He is very right to do so. It is very condescending for Jesus to liken Himself to Solomon, who is known for being the world’s most unparalleled ruler because He should not be compared with His creation.
Solomon laid gold upon gold, but Jesus Christ gives grace upon grace.
Solomon was unparalleled in wealth, power, and peace, but Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. He is the God who shall soon crush Satan under your feet. He is the peace that passes all understanding.
You cannot even see Solomon with a microscope if he’s next to Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is greater than Solomon.
JESUS IS THE HEAVENLY SOLOMON
Solomon’s throne was established upon the blood of warriors led by his father, David. Jesus Christ does not establish His throne under the blood of other people–He establishes His throne under His own blood. He sends no man to fight His victory–He comes to win the victory Himself. He didn’t give someone else, the world, silver, gold, or rubies. He gave of Himself and everything that belonged to Him, everything near and dear to Him. He gave His name, fame, credit, reputation, time, and strength. He even gave His own life, soul, manhood, and body. He gave Himself to death to be the ransom price for sinners.
When you bow to the Heavenly Solomon, His wisdom is given to you. A fool would trust their own wisdom and neglect God’s direction. But you can trust God’s guidance and wisdom because He is much greater than Solomon.
When you receive the Heavenly Solomon as your ruler, you will enter into a participation in a kingdom of peace that is not altered by the world’s chaos. You can be as dark as Pharaoh’s daughter but He will take you into His arms and you will experience the bliss and glory of a love exchange with Christ that is unmatched by this world.
Men left from all over the world to come to where Solomon was and yet, Jesus speaks and men do not listen to Him. 1 King 10:24 says, “And the whole earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put into his mind.” But there is one greater than Solomon who has put Himself on display so you can seek and find His wonderful and glorious presence, experience the bliss of His love, and gain access to the very words God breathed out of His mouth so you can hear and drink of His wisdom.
The higher your vision of Christ, the lower you will live. When you see Him as He is and continue to look at Him as He is, you will live lower and lower. It means you will live dependently on Christ and you will look for Him to guide you. David still inquires of the Lord because he knows that even in his own strength and wisdom it pales in comparison to the divine directive that comes from God. Listen and experience His presence. Let him be the king and ruler of your life.
How dependent are you on the Heavenly Solomon? Do you need to depend on Him more for wisdom and strength?
Are you taking the time to listen to His wisdom and to His great words?