A Wise Queen Acknowledges the Lord

As Solomon’s splendor is on the rise, he gets a visit from a foreign dignitary.  And at the end of her visit, note how the Queen of Sheba understands God better than the Israelites themselves will in not-too-distant times…

She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true.  But I did not believe what they said until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half the greatness of your wisdom was told me; you have far exceeded the report I heard.  How happy your men must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!  Praise be to the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on his throne as king to rule for the LORD your God. Because of the love of your God for Israel and his desire to uphold them forever, he has made you king over them, to maintain justice and righteousness.”   — 2 Chronicles 9:5-8

See how she acknowledges that Solomon was placed on the throne by God Himself.  And she also seems to understand that Solomon’s position is a matter of God’s timing, on His terms, to look over the nation of Israel.  As I have noted before, though God did not really want the people to have an earthly king, he decided to name those kings Himself when they ultimately demanded it.  These are still good times for the nation of Israel, but trouble is on the way…


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