Now when the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with difficult questions. So she came to Jerusalem with a very large retinue, with camels carrying spices and very much gold and precious stones. When she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart. Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was hidden from the king which he did not explain to her. When the queen of Sheba perceived all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his servants, the attendance of his waiters and their attire, his cupbearers, and his stairway by which he went up to the house of the Lord, there was no more spirit in her. Then she said to the king,
“It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. Nevertheless I did not believe the reports, until I came and my eyes had seen it. And behold, the half was not told me. You exceed in wisdom and prosperity the report which I heard. How blessed are your men, how blessed are these your servants who stand before you continually and hear your wisdom. Blessed be the Lord your God who delighted in you to set you on the throne of Israel; because the Lord loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness.”
– 1 Kings 10:1-9 NASB
Yesterday we peered into the Old Testament and saw Saul as a type of Messiah (Christ); today we look again to the Old Testament and see Solomon as another such foreshadowing.
About this incident, Jesus said in the New Testament:
“The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because 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 NASB
Jesus was declaring Himself greater than Solomon, and He would have been lying to suggest otherwise. He expected those around Him to recognize that the wisdom He was giving was of far greater value than that which Solomon gave.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, let us not be impressed with worldly glory. Let us only be impressed with things that really matter. Help me sort out what’s lasting from what’s transient in the day ahead…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.