Solomon and Christ:
Now let us look at Solomon and Christ. Why is Christ compared to Solomon, and the Church to the Shulamite bride? Were Solomon and his wife the best couple on earth? Surely not!
We don’t have a problem with the Shulamite bride representing the church. But the complaint is—was Solomon fit to represent Christ with all his dark history?
Well, we have already seen the serious faults among God’s people in the Old Testament who symbolized Christ. We have observed that only which has to be compared has to be compared, and not all the details.
Let us now see why Solomon was chosen to write that book which reflects the supreme love of Christ.
One of the famous titles the Messiah had was, “The Son of David”. The first verse in the New Testament identifies Jesus thus:
Jesus Christ the Son of David. (Matthew 1:1)
In the last chapter of the Bible, Jesus Himself says:
I am the root and the offspring of David. (Revelation 22:16)
All the people who read the Old Testament Scriptures understood Christ to be the “The Son of David”. Listen to the dialogue between Christ and the Pharisees:
While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions. (Matthew 22:41-46)
Jesus was the “Son of David” from the human side. Isaiah the prophet recorded this of the Son of God coming to earth:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6, 7)
The throne that Jesus is going to sit in the earth made new is called the throne of David. Prophet Jeremiah too links Christ and David and the throne. He wrote:
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Jeremiah 23: 5, 6)
It is on the throne of David our Lord Jesus will reign forever—that was not at the first coming, but after the Second Coming.
Now, who was the literal son of David that sat upon David’s throne as his successor? We all know it was Solomon. King David told Bathsheba, his wife:
Even as I sware unto thee by the LORD God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do this day. (1 Kings 1:30)
And it happened:
Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; and his kingdom was established greatly. (1 Kings 2:12)
I ask you—Didn’t Christ and Solomon have something in common? Wasn’t Solomon a symbol of Christ? Yes indeed!
Solomon sat on the throne of David, for he was the son of David. Jesus Christ is the Son of David too in the prophetic sense, and will sit upon the throne of David forever! That is the reason king Solomon was compared to the King of kings, Jesus Christ. Please remember that all aspects cannot and should not be taken in comparison.