Today, we see the interaction between King Solomon and the queen of Sheba. This queen, having heard of Solomon because news of his wisdom and wealth has spread around the world, comes to test him with “hard questions.”
We have already seen that Solomon asked the Lord for wisdom (1 Kings 3), and the Lord answers his prayer! Solomon passes the queen’s test easily, and she is amazed by his wisdom. The king actually took her breath away (v.5)!
This chapter also details all the wealth that Solomon had acquired. He received 25 tons of gold each year! Take a moment to think about how much that really is… His wealth and wisdom surpassed that of anyone who had ever come before him!
23 So King Solomon became richer and wiser than any other king on earth. 24 People from every nation came to consult him and to hear the wisdom God had given him. 25 Year after year everyone who visited brought him gifts of silver and gold, clothing, weapons, spices, horses, and mules.
Solomon was certainly richer and wiser than any other king on earth. Yet, despite all his wisdom and wealth, he isn’t the greatest king in the history of the world. In comparison to the King of kings, he falls overwhelmingly short.
Sometimes I underestimate the power, authority, and majesty of our King Jesus. Solomon was richer than any other person on earth, but Jesus, creator of all things (Col. 1:15-16), has ruled over all the riches and wealth from the beginning of time. Solomon had much wisdom, but in Christ there is “hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3). Solomon’s reign came to an end after his death, but Jesus’s reign began after he died and rose again, establishing himself as the Supreme Ruler — even over death.
Some questions to ask yourself this week:
Am I more impressed with the accomplishments of man or the majesty of my Savior?
Solomon’s wisdom was from God… Do I trust more in the advice of man or in the wisdom of God’s & His Word?
By: Lucas Taylor — Worship Ministry Intern