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2 Chronicles 9

2 Chronicles 9 also tells the story of the visit of the Queen of Sheba to Solomon.  She came to see if the rumors that were being told in her country were true or not.  “When she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind”.  That is a scary thought, isn’t it.  She tested him and found that “Solomon answered all her questions”.  Quite an impressive response – nothing stumped him.  He was able to hear her mind and answer every thought and question she had.  God blessed him indeed and she said “behold, half the greatness of your wisdom was not told me; you surpass the report that I heard”.

The queen complimented Solomon on all that he had.  It was an impressive assembly of wives, slaves, houses, and stuff.  He had accumulated much, but that was going to increase as the queen brought a lot more.  Solomon was a very wealthy man.  He used what he received to create things – shields made of beaten gold.  That would be pretty impressive to come up against in battle, wouldn’t it?  He also made gold drinking vessels for himself.  He didn’t spare any cost.

We see that he is beginning to think pretty highly of himself as well as he has “a great ivory throne….overlaid with pure gold” built.  He is definitely not afraid to spend or use his wealth on himself.  But why not?  He is the wisest and richest man alive.  “King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom”.  He receives gifts from many places.  Some see a bit different – as he got shiploads including such things as apes and peacocks?  Wow – what a variety to go along with the gold, silver and ivory that was on the boats.

Solomon also was known as wise by all.  “All the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom”.  Can you imagine being in that kind of demand.  To have all that wisdom and be able to command an audience to share it.  Kings came from all over and brought more gifts. He accumulated a lot of stuff in his day.  Silver was as common as stone in Jerusalem – they didn’t know what to do with it all.  But Solomon dies, and guess what, he can’t take any of it with him.  All that stuff is left behind.  “Rehoboam his son reigned in his place”.  We are on to the next generation

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