(31 verses, 3:10 to read)
What I am about to READ
The account of the Queen of Sheba’s visit to Solomon, a description of his great wealth, and Solomon’s death.
MARK and LEARN
Solomon’s reputation for wisdom and wealth had spread throughout the ancient world, so much so that even the queen from far-off Sheba (or Sabea) would come to seek his council. It is likely that the queen was from Ethiopia. Jesus would mention this encounter between Solomon and the Queen (Mt. 12:42; Lk. 11:31).
God had granted Solomon a wisdom which was other-worldly. The Queen would have all of her questions answered (vss. 2, 3) and we would assume that these would have included matters of state, science, and religion. The wisdom of Solomon is evidenced also in his writing of the book of Ecclesiastes and parts of the book of Proverbs. His wisdom lie primarily in the fear of the Lord, of which he writes (Pr. 1:7).
God had blessed Solomon and his people with enormous wealth, so much so that precious metals like silver were regarded as nothing in the house of Solomon. God there was enough to hammer shields and other objects of great worth and cover nearly every part of the Temple and the Royal house. Trade with other nations was good and nothing was unavailable to Solomon.
The Chronicler mentions that other works done by Solomon are recorded in three other works: the History of Nathan the Prophet, the Prophecy of Ahija the Shilonite, and the visions of Iddo the seer. These works, which must have been commonly known in ancient times are no longer available to us.
Solomon dies and the Chronicler writes that he “slept with his fathers” (vs. 31). This is nothing else than an attestation that Solomon went to be with his Lord, who is the God of the living and not the dead.
Lord God you gave to your servant Solomon wisdom which can only come from you. Help us to seek out wisdom and understanding and to call on the name or your Son Jesus, who is Wisdom incarnate. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.