Monday, April 20, 2015

Q is for Queen of Sheba...

Queen of Sheba

She was a woman of great wealth, beauty, and power.  Most biblical scholars believe that Sheba was either in Ethiopia or Yemen. It is clear that Queen of Sheba ruled alone.

The Queen of Sheba traveled to Jerusalem to confront Solomon with some hard questions regarding his relationship to the Lord.  But the king had no problem answering her questions because God had granted him the gift of wisdom.  She was impressed with Solomon's answers, hospitality and the reputation that preceded him.  You can read about this in 1 Kings Chapter 10.

The Queen of Sheba is mentioned again in the New Testament only by an alternative title, the Queen of the South.  Jesus refers to her, reaffirming her historical personage, as a means to illustrate the point that, despite being originally pagan in belief and Gentile in race, the Queen of Sheba recognized the truth and reality of God, unlike the religious leaders who opposed Jesus.  As such, they would be condemned for their ignorant and defiant nature.

From Queen of Sheba life we can learn:
-Like King Solomon, believers are to show evidence of God's favor in their lives, whatever their role, profession, or environment.
-The reputation of believers should precede them by their godly words and actions.

'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.'  1 Kings 10:1

until next time...nel

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