Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 9
We’re introduced to the queen of Sheba in this chapter who heard great rumors of the wealth, fame and wisdom of Solomon only to see for herself how it was not only true but beyond what she imagined. We see them being friendly after their exchange and some in church history like Origen, have even believed that this queen was the Shulamite that Solomon writes about in Song of Solomon. I personally don’t believe that but have been entertained with the additional legends and stories about this queen beyond what is actually in the text here. Instead, what I think is most surprising in God’s Word here is how this acknowledgment of Solomon’s greatness quickly transitions to his death, coming across as this wealth, fame and wisdom was not only what he was remembered for but fulfilling in some ways when what he wrote in Ecclesiastes toward the end of his life reveal the exact opposite with such things.
God used Solomon greatly in God’s Word and with his people. He is known to be one of the wealthiest and certainly the wisest kings to walk this earth. But in the end, those things were meaningless as Solomon concludes in his last words in Ecclesiastes 12:1, 13-14.
1 Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”;…
13 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor
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