“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.” Matt. 12:42.
Some say Solomon is a portrayal of the wisdom of Christ.
“And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. And Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men…And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five…And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.” 1Kings 4:29-34.
Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t. Did all his wisdom go to his head rather than remain in his heart? I leave that discussion for another time, possibly when we get to Ecclesiastes. Solomon’s wisdom came as a glorious gift from the Lord God. But even it could not compare with the glory of the temple.
“And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD…
Solomon’s Response:You can find Solomon’s complete prayer in 1Kings 8 and 2Chron. 6.
And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven; and he said,
LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart…
But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded…”
The shekinah glory of God filled the house giving Israel a glimpse of the glory that was to come.
“But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple…” Matt. 12:6;
Daniel saw him in a night vision.
“…behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given to him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13,14.
“…As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.” Dan. 7:28.
John, the Revelator, saw a glimpse of the risen Christ in his glory as King ,Conqueror, and the temple. (Scriptures found in Rev. 1, 19, and 21).
“And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man,
clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow;
and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
and his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace;
and his voice as the sound of many waters.
And he had in his right hand seven stars;
and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword:
and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength…
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse;
and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns;
and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:
and his name is called The Word of God…And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS…
And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it:
for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”
“And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead…” Rev. 1:17.
We, too, have beheld the glory of Christ, at least partially.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14.
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:
that the world may believe that thou has sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one…
I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am;
that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me; for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.”(From John 17).
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth…Phil. 2:9,10.
If not now, when?
What might your response be when you see Jesus in the fullness of his glory?