Vs. 1, “When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relation to the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions.” Solomon’s fame and wisdom spread throughout the world and caught the attention of the queen of Sheba. You may recall from yesterday’s chapter, Solomon was importing luxurious goods from foreign lands. The queen of Sheba most likely lived in the southern part of ancient Arabia nearly 1500 miles south. It was both out of curiosity and setting up trade agreements that Sheba would visit Solomon (vs. 1-13). She was most impressed for the rumors of Solomon’s wisdom didn’t do justice to having experienced it in person. It’s interesting to note that even Jesus mentions the queen of Sheba (Matthew 12:42). The latter half of our chapter deals with the extravagant riches Solomon would possess (vs. 14-29). The 666 talents of gold, which were the equivalent of 25 tons of Gold (over 15 billion dollars equivalent), is perhaps not a coincidence (Revelation 13:18). Though God would bless Solomon with wealth, Solomon took it a step further and this would cause many problems as the future unfolds.
Regarding application…Seeking Greatness. Vs. 7, “But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard.” Though the queen of Sheba was astounded by Solomon’s greatness; did it change anything in her life? Though she praises the LORD (vs. 9), we are not told she put her faith in the LORD. Another important aspect is that Jesus would refer to Solomon’s splendor as nothing compared to simple lilies in a field (Matthew 6:29). As great as Solomon was, someone greater than Solomon as come in Jesus (Matthew 12:42). Question: What are you seeking? Greatness is found in the simplicities of life, not the grandeur of our worldly perspective.