LESSONS FROM THE QUEEN OF SHEBA
Matthew 12:42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon [is] here.
1 Kings 10: 1-3
And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions.
And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.
And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not.
Often famous ministers are known for their flamboyance, style, following, and the like, but this queen honed in only on Solomon’s fame concerning the name of the LORD. What power and integrity he must have possessed! What if all we have amassed directly reflected the glory of God and honored Him? Not only consider the material substance but the ministry or operation and the citizens of the kingdom throughout. Solomon’s majesty drew her, all her hard questions were answered, and she went out from him in fullness. Let us review the queen’s visit to the king and by the time of conclusion, it will be easy to see why Jesus said she shall rise up in the judgment of a wicked, sign-seeking generation.
The Queen of Sheba had heard about the reputation, fame, glory of the Lord in relation to King Solomon. It may appear to the sensual mind that she came to impress him with a very great train and all the other fine things such as spices, gold and precious stones. The fact that she came with a very great train exposes her true heart of humility. The word train is translated many times as army. It also speaks of strength, might, efficiency, and wealth. Certainly, she had no intentions of starting a conflict; therefore, her gesture likely connotes full submission of her kingdom to the power of the Name of the LORD. She communed with Solomon of all that was in her heart, and in answering her, he did not hide anything. Christ Jesus does not want to hide anything from His people. He unveils everything by His Spirit when we commune with Him.