Many times two things that seam alike will turn out to be very different when examined more closely. Jesus and Solomon were both very wise, both were cunningly enticed with riches and fame, and both were kings. However, only one was the greatest. Only one ruled the grandest kingdom. Only one was the wisest. Only one overcame temptation. That person was Jesus Christ.
Solomon was one of the wisest men ever, but was he wiser than Jesus? Attracted by reports of Solomon’s wisdom, the affluent Queen of Sheba, who lived thousands of miles away, hastily traversed to Jerusalem to hear and question the renowned King Solomon. When she arrived, she was astonished by Solomon’s wisdom and understanding. Would she have been astonished by the teachings of Jesus, a simple carpenter? The bible states in Matthew twelve forty-two that not only would she have been unreservedly astounded by Jesus, but her testimony would testify against all who didn’t believe in Jesus because she believed Solomon but they failed to believe in someone who was much wiser.
Even though he knew better, Solomon always yearned for more possessions, but Jesus, who left heaven’s glory to come to earth, never yielded to the temptation of lust. According to First Kings four twenty-three, Solomon daily packed his table with ten head of cattle, twenty pasture-fed sheep, and many wild animals. However, even after fasting for forty days, Jesus determinedly and persistently resisted the enticement for food when the devil craftily tempted him in the desert. Food was not Solomon’s only weakness. Women, horses, and even idols consumed his thinking, but Jesus chose to live without house, family and non-necessities for the last three years of his life on earth. In Ecclesiastes, Solomon repeatedly declared that all life’s treasures are vanity, yet he was powerless to resist the enticement to horde earthly possessions for himself. Remaining righteous through temptation, Jesus demonstrated that unlike Solomon, he was not consumed with the things of this world.
Solomon and Jesus were both kings, but their kingdoms and their methods of ruling were very different. Stretching from the
Euphrates River to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt, Solomon’s kingdom was massive and according to first Kings two twelve well established in his hand. Christ’s kingdom is not only the universe but also heaven, and there is nothing that can snatch his kingdom away. While Solomon erected enormous and stunning buildings to further his empire, the bible vividly portrays heaven as a place with no night, no pain, and no sorrow. Constantly thinking about increasing his kingdom, Solomon forced his subjects to perform hard labor, but Christ didn’t have to increase his kingdom because it was already completely perfect. Unlike Solomon, Jesus did not live to increase his kingdom, which was already flawless, but to rescue sinners from the chastisement of sin by dying on a cross.
Jesus and Solomon both attracted crowds with there wisdom, but Jesus’ wisdom was magnificently greater. Jesus and Solomon were both enticed by the devil, but Jesus constantly resisted temptation. Jesus and Solomon both were kings, but Jesus’ kingdom is superbly greater. Jesus was greater than Solomon in all things because he was God. Because Jesus is God, he is unattainably perfect, but we should strive to imitate Christ’s lofty example. Christ was better than not only Solomon, but also every single person on earth and his example should be copied by all.