The Visit of the Queen of Sheba (1 Kings 10)

“The Visit of the Queen of Sheba

1 Kings 10:1-13

 

This is not only a great Gospel picture of how some find the Lord, it is also an example of how the Lord has raised up His people and “blessed them with all spiritual blessings” (Eph.1:3) as pictured by Solomon’s gracious treatment of his people. “Behold, a greater than Solomon is here.” (Matt. 12:42)

 

1.   Her Investigation (vv. 1-2)

The Queen of Sheba traveled a great distance and spent a great fortune to investigate the claims of others who had been talking about this great King concerning his God. Someone had been talking about Solomon! We should be talking about the Lord in the same way to raise interest in others about our God. (1 Peter 3.15, Psalm 45:1)   Like the Queen of Sheba, many unsaved have weighty matters of the heart to pour out to the Lord.

 

2.       Her Observation (vv. 3-5)

She witnessed one who was far wiser than she who had the answers to life’s questions as does the Lord. She saw his wisdom and the house that he built—she was impressed with his person and work.   Those who investigate the claims of Christ will likewise be impressed with the Person and Work of Christ. Like the Queen of Sheba, they will see the food of His table (how His people are nourished form the Word of God); the seating of His servants (the level to which they have been raised up in their service for the King of Kings); the service of His waiters—the diligence by which they strive to please their Master; their apparel—the dignity of their appearance as if royalty; His cupbearers—their nearness and proximity to the King; and His approach to God in His life – flawless and truly honoring to the LORD. Certainly, like the Queen of Sheba it can take the breath away.

 

 

3. Her Declaration (vv. 6-9)

A true report that came to her in her own land – someone went to her and raised her interest enough for her to act. But she did not believe until she came and saw with her own eyes—the very thing that is needed for spiritual eyes and ears to be opened to the Gospel. In fact, it was more than she had heard in her land. His people were happy and secure and continually reveled in their position and privileges graciously bestowed upon them. God made Solomon king because He delighted in Him. Acts 2:36 – “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

 

4.       Her Capitulation (vv. 10-13)

She acknowledged His greatness and goodness and gave to the king her most precious items. This was a different king however. He gave the Queen all that she desired according to the royal bounty. A King who gives to those who come to him.

 

Questions for us to ask:

1.       Are we speaking about the glories of our king who is greater than Solomon?

 

2.       Do our lives reflect the appreciation for the privileges that we have in Christ just as Solomon’s servants did?  

 

3.       How happy are we in the Lord and do we love to hear His wisdom spoken to us through His Word?

 

Perhaps the reader of this has not yet come to Christ – you will not believe until you come and see for yourself the claims of the Lord. (v. 7)                             

 
“The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.”     Matt 12:42
                                                                
Mark Kolchin 4/23/03
 
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