Can you remember a time when you walked into someone’s home or saw their car and were astounded by their level of wealth? “How could they clean this entire place?” or “I would be scared to drive that because it could get a scratch!”
Or have you ever heard someone who is so wise, so knowledgeable, and so discerning that it is almost scary?
We heard recently how the Queen of the South had that experience when she saw Solomon’s wealth and listened to his wisdom. She was in awe. But even after seeing Solomon, she only got a faint picture of the One he pointed to.
We live in a democracy, not a monarchy. So it’s hard to feel what it is like to be with someone who has absolute power and immense wealth. Not to mention that we are so used to someone trying to sell us something, that it is hard to discern real wisdom these days. I suppose the closest we may get is a political figure like the president (regardless of the political party). Or perhaps being with an actor who won an oscar would be close. Or maybe if we were able to have a coffee with someone from the cover of Fast Company, then we could have a sense of that awe.
Solomon and all these little ‘kings’ that we revere are really just dim pointers to the one in whose image they were made. Listen to what Christ said about this visit by the Queen of Sheba:
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. (Matthew 12:42, also Luke 11:31)
That wasn’t arrogance, it was a statement of fact about Himself. At the end of time we will see that He is the King of all kings (Rev 19:16).
Here’s a wonderful little video explaining how all of scripture (not just Solomon) is a pointer to Christ. Sit back, mute your phone, and behold… (both English and Spanish versions included here)