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Lessons from the Queen of Sheba

The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for 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

We encounter the Queen of Sheba in 1 Kings 10:1-13, during Solomon’s reign over Israel. When the Lord asked Solomon, “Ask what I shall give you”- 1 Kings 3:5. Solomon acknowledged his weakness and asked for an understanding mind to govern God’s people. Because it pleased the Lord what Solomon asked, God gave him riches and honour in addition to the understanding. With that, Solomon was able to perform great works which were heard across all the other nations surrounding Israel. Among the people who heard of the great works, was the Queen of Sheba. “Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions.” – 1 Kings 10:1. 

The Queen of Sheba did not hold back with her questions. She was curious and in sincere manner. After receiving answers to her questions, she said, “The report was true that I heard in my own land of your words and of your wisdom, but I did not believe the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it. And behold, the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity surpass the report that I heard.” 1 Kings 10:6–7

On our faith journey, the Queen teaches us a few things;

  • We need to be honest and sincere in our desire to learn – When she heard of the works of Solomon, she didn’t hesitate to come and see for herself. She came with hard questions and received all the answers. We need to keep in mind that she didn’t come to provoke the King. Understanding that faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the word of God, I believe that when we hear the word we need to be moved to action. We need to go and study the word ourselves. God has given us a mind so that we can reason. He says, “Come now, and let us reason together”– Isaiah 1:18 We cannot rely on ministers giving us the word. We need to read it ourselves.
  • Our interest in learning should overcome our inclination towards inconvenience – Nowhere do we see the Queen giving any excuses for the distance she had to travel to see the king for herself and yet many times we get caught up in what appears to be “inconveniences”. Oh, don’t we love to complain! “The weather isn’t great, the sermons are too long, the church is too far, etc” We can learn from the Queen and indeed her testimony will be a condemnation to us who allow these small inconveniences to swallow us up.
  • Tom Ascol writes that the Queen is an indictment to us who have spiritual privileges that exceed what she had. She heard of the fame and imperfect works of Solomon and yet went the extra mile to give such a great response. We are living in a time where we have “One greater than Solomon” revealed to us, we have the Bible very accessible to us, and many ministries positively impacting our lives, yet we give very little to no response. Whereas Solomon could provide answers to the Queen, we have the answer, Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life.

I pray that we shall be inspired by the Queen of Sheba’s example. That after hearing the word of God, our faith will move us to action.

Be blessed!

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Geraldine

June 2, 2023

I was so anxious to know what the queen of Sheba did and foresure l have picked a tree from queen of Sheba’s story

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Lauretta

June 7, 2023

Thanks for your time, Geral! I’m glad you learnt something.

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