2 Chronicles 9

2 Chronicles 9 begins with a visit from the Queen of Sheba.  She was curious “when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions”.  It sounded far too good to be true, so she decides to take a journey and meet this man face to face to see if what was being said was true.  She gathered together some men and assembled “camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones”.  She came loaded with gifts for the one who was described as being brilliant in wisdom.

When she arrived, “she told him all that was on her mind”.  Realize that the Queen has been thinking about this for a while.  She didn’t come with the simple and obvious questions.  She came in an effort to trip him up and uncover the truth of what he really knew.  She was a woman, which was an advantage in asking questions that might cause him to stumble in and of itself, but “Solomon answered all her questions”.  Did you catch that?  He didn’t just answer most of what she asked.  He had a satisfactory answer for ALL here questions.

In short order he proved “there was nothing hidden from Solomon that he could not explain to her”.  That is an amazing feat.  And it had a profound impact on the Queen.  “When the queen of Sheba had seen the Wisdom of Solomon….there was no more breath in her”.  He silenced the woman who had come with every intent of discrediting his wisdom.  She had nothing else to say.  In fact, her response was “you surpass the report that I heard”.  She had high expectations of Solomon but he blew those away.  He exceeded her highest expectations.

She gave him all sorts of treasure and Solomon accumulated more from many sources.  “King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom”.  He was one rich dude.  You’d think with all the wealth and wisdom he had, he might have done a lot better job running his life.  But we’ll see that he failed in his walk with God, his efforts as a husband, and his work as a dad.  He reigned for 40 years and succeeded in building a huge kingdom while his life created a legacy that fell to shambles.  “Rehoboam his son reigned in his place” when he died.

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