“Now 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. And when she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind. And Solomon answered all her questions. There was nothing hidden from Solomon that he could not explain to her. And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, and their clothing, his cupbearers, and their clothing, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the Lord, there was no more breath in her.
“And she said to the king, ‘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, half the greatness of your wisdom was not told me; you surpass the report that I heard... 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.’ Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold, and a very great quantity of spices, and precious stones.” 2 Chronicles 9:1-6,8-9
The Queen of Sheba was famous in her own right, owning notable position and possessions, but her visit to King Solomon exposed a royally uneven match. She arrived with a fancy retinue and gifts of great value, and soon realized all paled in comparison to this sovereign. Indeed, beholding the variety of ways the Lord God had delighted in and gifted this king left her gaping eyes sparkling and regal mouth gasping for air. Wisdom, knowledge, abundance, order, beauty, devotion surpassed her imagining and reflected the indescribable love of a transcendent God, and she was overcome. Only praise and lavish offering would do as her rightful, unbidden response.
She came because she heard. She inquired because he answered. She beheld because he revealed, and she believed because she was overwhelmed with the reality that was this king. And all she could do was humbly exalt, and offer her best. How about us?
How curious are we about the things and ways and person of King Jesus? He is knowable. What time do we take to inquire at His feet and from His word? He is available. How attentive are we to His riches of wisdom and insight, blessings of grace and love, provisions of order and direction? He supplies all, and in abundance. And when we do see God anew, receive fresh insights, discover unimagined excellencies, how do we respond? Increased faith, deeper love and fear, richer worship, fuller surrender? We can never outdo or outgive Jesus. (2 Chronicles 9:12; Luke 10:38-42)
Lord, keep me listening, and coming to Thee in expectancy. Take my breath away. Empty me of self and its limited vision, and fill me with Your Spirit of wonder, grace, and wisdom, so You are seen and Your greatness is praised.
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I love this passage so much. I think it is funny how it is worded th