“Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.” 1 Kings 3:12
“The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.” Luke 11:31
Many question whether or not Jesus is God. I have read a lot of things printed that say He was only a prophet, or just a good man. Yet, there is plenty of scripture to prove Him as God. How many times did He refer to Himself as the Son of God? Well, that not withstanding, He proclaims it to the crowd who is doubting Him even being of God as He casts out demons. We can see it in review of what God said to Solomon.
King Solomon was thrust into his position at a young age and he knew it would be a struggle for him to lead the nation properly. He is doing what he knows to do in sacrifice, and God appears to him in a dream and says, “Ask what I shall give thee.” Solomon, knowing that God has ordained him as king to fulfill the promise given to his father King David, turns to God and admits he is falling short with understanding for the people of God whom he is supposed to lead. He asks God for what he lacks so that he can do well by God toward His people. This pleases God, and He says so to Solomon. He blesses him with wisdom and understanding beyond anyone before or after him. God specifically says, “neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee,” which is to say that there will not be a man who will be wiser than him.
And what does Jesus say as He rebukes the doubting words of the people? He says, “a greater than Solomon is here,” as He is teaching about wisdom in spiritual things. So, though we know Christ is Man, undoubtedly, being born, living, and dying as we do, He is also proclaiming (in modern vernacular), Hello! God is here! How can we see this?
Well, if He was a good man, he wouldn’t lie. Since we know that He knows the scriptures (Luke 2:43-49; 4:4, 8, 12, 18-21), outside of being God, we must know that He knows God cannot lie nor will God contradict Himself. Isn’t that, after all, what He is teaching the people about in this passage? That being so, He could not claim to be greater than Solomon in wisdom as a Man because God said that none shall arise like unto Solomon. The only way Jesus could make a claim to being greater in wisdom is if He were indeed the Self same God Who gave to Solomon that gift in the first place, because God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and they always will be.
So, even in these words, Jesus is proclaiming Himself as God; but, the people there, who should have known what the scriptures said about Solomon and the gift God bestowed upon him, did not see nor hear it.
Jesus is God. No prophet of God before Him had ever proclaimed to be God. Jesus is indeed a prophet of God, and He is also our High Priest, our King, and, most importantly, God. He Alone could have done what He did. He Alone could go to the Cross for us and lay down the Sacrifice required for the cleansing of Sin. As one man brought Sin, One Man must take it away. Jesus, being God, born as Man without spot or blemish, is the Only Qualifier for the position.
A Greater than Solomon is He, but more than that, a Greater than all. He came here and did the impossible, because for man it would be impossible, but for God all things are possible. He humbled Himself to become Man, and then as Man, humbled Himself even further. He gave it all for us, and had they been truly looking for Him following the scriptures they should have known, they would have seen God among them with spiritual eyes, not just the physical doubting ones.
May God make Himself known to those around us through spiritual eyes today. May the lives we live shine the Light from within us and proclaim Jesus as Lord and God. And when the doubters come, may the Holy Spirit give us the right words at the right moment to show Jesus as the fulfillment of Promises made in the holy scriptures. Study, therefore, to show yourselves approved, brethren, and to be used mightily to advance the kingdom. God bless you all.