1 Chronicles 17:11-17 … for without me ye can
Matthew 12:31-42 do nothing. (Jn. 15:5)
1. David’s Great Son! Solomon’s wisdom and vast knowledge were legendary! The powerful Queen of Sheba, a Gentile, a woman, and a pagan, came to meet and hear this famed wise man. To the people of Palestine, the land of the south, Sheba, was at the ends of the earth! Yet this Queen and her large entourage made the long and arduous trip (1,200 miles) across the Arabian Desert to hear the wisdom of Solomon for herself! And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not…. And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land…. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes have seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard (1Kg. 10:3-7). She also lavished costly treasures upon the king as a testimony of her gratitude for the godly wisdom she had heard. She came! She saw! She heard! She was conquered!
2. David’s Greater Son! This mystery is solved by the stupendous event of the Incarnation of the Son of God, the second Adam, the Lord of Glory! The proof lies where few look for it, in the writings of Solomon himself, and in particular, in his unique book of Proverbs. On the Day of Pentecost, Peter quoted: For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne. David knew his Son of prophecy was incomparably greater than Solomon (Acts 2:25, 30)! Yet, Solomon is linked in the line from Abraham to Christ (Mt. 1). He also knew that he foreshadowed another and greater Solomon! The Son who will ultimately be born of David’s line, was none other than the Lord God! Jesus referred to the glory of Solomon while exhorting the poor not to be anxious for raiment. Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; for … even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these (Mt.6:27-29)…. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold a greater than Solomon is here. This Gentile woman, with no advantage or invitation, came on her own initiative to learn God’s truth from Solomon, but this generation, whose prophets predicted the Coming One, rejected Him, a greater than Solomon, and thus rejected their promised Saviour!
THOUGHT: When the sun is up, the moon seems to have no light. (Estey)
PRAYER: That I may acknowledge David’s Greater Son!