2 Chronicles 9:1-12 – The Queen of Sheba Teaches Us More Than Solomon!

Posted: August 8, 2020 in 14-2 Chronicles

2 Chronicles 9:1-12

Solomon’s Many Achievements

Opening Illustration/Comments

Have ever ran into one of those personalities that just seems to have it all together? Back in high school or college, it was the guy who was the quarterback of the football team, dated the head cheerleader, was academically gifted as well, and was the student body president. Weren’t you just all kinds of jealous of those guys. You would like to think that there was some way in which you were superior to them, but by the looks of things, you just came up short in comparison in every category. In the normal process of things, you were either an academic or a jock, never both. There was no way to feel superior to this dude.

In the post academic world, there were those employees that were good looking, smart as a whip, dressed perfectly, had perfect hair, and were always on the fast track to stardom within your company. Don’t ya just feel all kinds of jealous of those guys? Then in the pastoral world, there are pastors that seem to have eaten the Bible and can quote chapter and verse on demand. They are good looking. They are pastors at the big churches. They have written books. They lecture and speak at seminars and their sermons are powerfully moving. Even pastors can have the human emotion of “why did this guys get all the looks and all the press and the ability to preach the way he does?”

That was the thing that impressed me about the Queen of Sheba in this passage, she realized pretty quickly that Solomon was smarter and probably more successful by human standards than she was. Instead of being jealous, she became a big fan of Solomon. She could have sulked and acted all jealous like most of us would but she didn’t. She realized that Solomon was superior to her by all human standards, but rather than be green with envy, she pronounced a prayer over him and praised him. That took some real humility. And I admire her for that. She was a queen over a country herself so she was no slouch. Yet, she knew that Solomon was way more talented than she was and she praised God for it instead of being jealous.

It is that idea of having humility enough to realize that God may have talented others in human endeavors than you that I thought about this morning when reading this passage, 2 Chronicles 9:1-12. Let’s read through it this morning, together, with that idea in mind:

Scripture Passage

Chapter 9

1 When the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions, having a very great retinue and camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones. When she came to Solomon, she discussed with him all that was on her mind. 2 Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing hidden from Solomon that he could not explain to her. 3 When the queen of Sheba had observed the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, 4 the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, and their clothing, his valets, and their clothing, and his burnt offerings[a] that he offered at the house of the Lord, there was no more spirit left in her.

5 So she said to the king, “The report was true that I heard in my own land of your accomplishments and of your wisdom, 6 but I did not believe the[b] reports until I came and my own eyes saw it. Not even half of the greatness of your wisdom had been told to me; you far surpass the report that I had heard. 7 Happy are your people! Happy are these your servants, who continually attend you and hear your wisdom! 8 Blessed be the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and set you on his throne as king for the Lord your God. Because your God loved Israel and would establish them forever, he has made you king over them, that you may execute justice and righteousness.” 9 Then she gave the king one hundred twenty talents of gold, a very great quantity of spices, and precious stones: there were no spices such as those that the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

10 Moreover the servants of Huram and the servants of Solomon who brought gold from Ophir brought algum wood and precious stones. 11 From the algum wood, the king made steps[c] for the house of the Lord and for the king’s house, lyres also and harps for the singers; there never was seen the like of them before in the land of Judah.

12 Meanwhile King Solomon granted the queen of Sheba every desire that she expressed, well beyond what she had brought to the king. Then she returned to her own land, with her servants.

Passage Analysis

In this passage, we see that the Queen of Sheba had heard about Solomon’s wisdom, but was overwhelmed when she saw for herself the fruits of that wisdom. The Queen of Sheba marveled that God must love his people greatly to give them such a king. Israel greatly prospered during Solomon’s reign. It was a witness to God’s blessings over His people and their king. When the queen realized the extent of Solomon’s wisdom, she turned from a competitor to an admirer. She even praised God and prayed for Solomon to continue to be blessed and to rule in justice and righteousness.

Life Application

I think the thing that we need to takeaway this morning is that we must realize that you and I are of great value to God. He made us in His own image. He gave us a unique set of talents and that set of talents together is possessed by no one else. He loves us so very much. He loves us so much that He sent Jesus to be the sacrifice for our sins before we were even a twinkle in our parents’ eyes. He is proud of His creation in you and in me. When we draw our value from God and have that peace that passes all understanding from a real and intimate relationship with God, then, jealousy is less of a need of our soul.

It is so easy to compare ourselves to others and when our focus is in horizontal comparison to others, yes, it may appear by human standards that others have it far better than you in all the human measures of things such as intelligence, notoriety, and skills. However, God has designed each one of us for a specific mission in his universe and no one else can do it but us. Our individual missions and callings from God are unique to us and designed for us only. Sure, some of us are designed by God to reach wide and broad audiences and to be leaders and influencers of vast groups, but that does not make His mission for your life any less important to God.

I know it’s hard to see that and to hear it and to read it. But, God, in his sovereignty, has a special mission for that guy who seems to have it all and is the cat’s meow to a broad group of people. AND AND AND, he has a special mission for you and for me, a guy who changed careers and is pastoring a small church in a small town in a sparsely populated region of South Carolina. I know that I am never going to be a Steven Furtick or one of those megachurch pastors nor am I sure than I wanna be. I am content with the mission he has given me. I have gotten to that place in life and in my relationship with Jesus that I don’t have to be the visible top guy on TV or in popularity. I don’t have to be that guy. And I am not jealous of the guy who is that guy.

I actually am now able to admire the guys who are the leaders in my field of endeavor. I can pray for them. I can learn from them. Just like Sheba did from Solomon. Though she was a queen in her own right, she had the humility to see that Solomon was more talented by human standards than her. Humility comes from knowing that you have value in the sight of God and that He has a unique mission for you where you are right now and in the future. It then doesn’t matter whether you are famous and seem to have it all or not.

Amen and Amen.

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