LESSONS FROM THE QUEEN OF SHEBA (Continued)
Scripture Reading: I Kings 10:4-5 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had built,
And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.
Cupbearers were very special people. It was obviously an office to which must trust was given. They had direct access to the king. The cupbearer’s role of providing drink is vitally connected to sustaining life. Few cupbearers are named in Scripture and Nehemiah probably comes to mind for many when the term is used. From I Kings 10, it is clear that Nehemiah’s position as cupbearer gave him influence with Artaxerxes who noticed Nehemiah’s sad countenance one day and gave him favor to go and repair the wall of Jerusalem. A cupbearer’s position naturally made a king take notice of him with great scrutiny. Spiritually, consider the wonderful glory of the King’s Presence!
Another significant mention in Scripture of a cupbearer is the chief butler in the Pharoah’s court who was imprisoned and for whom God through Joseph interpreted a dream. Butler is synonymous with cupbearer. In Genesis, Chapters 40 and 41, the chief butler’s life was spared. He later remembered Joseph’s ability of God to interpret dreams when the Pharoah had a dream and no one in the kingdom was able interpret it. Of course, the phenomenal result of Joseph’s subsequent ministry in that kingdom pictures Christ, the Preserver of life for His brethren and all the land. Again, the cupbearer’s ministry is connected to sustaining life.
Naturally speaking, we understand the position of cupbearer and it provides some good information, but what is the spiritual significance of Solomon’s cupbearers and their influence on the Queen of Sheba? To obtain the essence of their ministry one may simply look at what was in their hand. It was a cup. A cup understandably means to hold together. Christ Jesus our Lord is The Cupbearer for all who will drink of the Fountain of Life. "...This cup [is] the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.- Luke 22:20. "...This do ye, as oft as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me. _ 1 Corinthians 11:25." "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. _ Hebrew 9:28." Yet again, the Cupbearer’s ministry is connected to sustaining life and in this sense, eternal life in Christ.