Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Solomon and Queen of Sheba II Chronicles 9

II Chronicles 9:5 "And she said to the king. It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom...v...behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me;.."

Often we hear what the Queen of Sheba said and Solomon's great wealth is mentioned. Here we find that it is his wisdom (a gift from God) that she is so amazed about.

Sheba is or was a very fertile country in Arabia which adjoins the Red Sea.

She had a great caravan loaded with treasures to give Solomon as gifts. He in turn gave her gifts. I expect she got more treasure than she brought with her because of this verse.

v12 "And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which she had brought unto the king. So she turned, and went away to her own land, she and her servants."

The key phrase is 'all her desire'. I believe it was his wisdom that she sought most and I picture her listening intently to his every word. Unlike the movies, I believe there was no romance between them. It does say she returned to her own land and from the passage I can see no interval of time where she stayed a long time.

v23 "And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart."

v26 "And he reigned over all the kings from the river even unto the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt."

This chapter magnifies Solomon greatly (for he was a great king) but leaves out some of the things he did that are written in a previous book. That is often the case, once mistakes are made and the individual has paid his own price for the mistake, the good things he did are mentioned over and over in scripture.

v30, 31 "And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years. And Solomon slept with his fathers and he was buried in the city of David his father; and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead."

Psalm 136:1 "O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever."

Solomon is visited by the queen of Sheba. Solomon's greatness and his death.

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