1 Kings 10

1 Kings 10 has Solomon being visited by the Queen of Sheba.  She had heard of his wisdom, but wanted to come see for herself if he really was as wise as all the reports she had heard.  “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”.  She was there to see if he really had all the wisdom that was claimed.  “Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing hidden from the king that he could not explain to her”.  That’s a pretty impressive record – nothing stumped him.

Obiously that impressed the Queen and she gave him massive gifts and wanted to have a friendly relationship with Solomon and his kingdom.  “Your wisdom and prosperity surpass the report that I heard”.  He passed the test and blew her away with his wisdom.  She also offered some observations about Solomon’s kingdom.  In business today, there is a lot of talk about employee engagement and the importance of having employees who are satisfied in the workplace.  The Queen reported: “Happy are your men! Happy are your servants”.  That’s about as good as it gets.  Solomon is a popular leader.

He continues to collect gold from kings and kingdoms around the area, and uses it to create shields and utensils used in the temple and his house.  He just keeps on accumulating riches from all over the place.  In fact, he began to have so much that “silver was not considered as anything in the days of Solomon”.  If it wasn’t gold, it really wasn’t all that important.  He amassed a fortune of precious metals, stones and spices and had more than he could possibly need.

But people just kept on coming.  “The whole earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put into his mind”.  Can you imagine the demand on his time?  Everyone wanted to get his ear so they could pick his brain and understand what he knew.  They came from far and wide to have an audience with the wisest man on earth.  And as they did, he just kept on accumulating wealth and adding to his army.  Now he has “1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen” spread across his kingdom ready to do battle if anyone even thinks of picking a fight.  He is ready.

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