Monday, March 2, 2015

Journal Through the Bible: Week 94 Monday

II Chronicles chapter 9

This is the retelling of Solomon's visit by the Queen of Sheba as previously recorded in I Kings chapter 10. "Half of the greatness of they wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard."

Does God issue any commands?
God does not speak in this chapter.

Does God make any promises?
God does not speak in this chapter.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • The Queen of Sheba had many hard questions for Solomon and with his wisdom he was able to answer them all. Jesus is wisdom personified. (As in Proverbs chapter 8.)
  • She also saw all of his wealth and the contentment of his servants and this impressed her. Solomon is a type of Christ in this passage and his riches and finery is but a foreshadow of the glories of Jesus' Kingdom. The queen was amazed that Solomon's kingdom was even more glorious than what she had imagined. Eye has not seen nor ear heard all that Jesus has in store for those who love Him. (My paraphrase of I Corinthians 2:9). There is just no way we can imagine the majesty of His Kingdom.
  • When the Queen of Sheba heard Solomon's wisdom and saw the glories of his kingdom she glorified God who delighted in Solomon. This is what Jesus said is supposed to happen when God blesses us and others see our work. They are to glorify our Father in Heaven. (See Matthew 5:16, part of the Sermon on the Mount.)
  • The Queen regales Solomon by telling him that God loved Israel so He made Solomon king over them to do judgment and justice. This is exactly why God establishes Jesus as the King of Israel so Solomon is again a type of Christ.
  • Solomon gave the Queen of Sheba all that she desired, all that she requested of him. This is a picture of the prayer relationship Christians have with Jesus. If we ask anything in His name within the will of God He delights to grant our petitions.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • The Queen of Sheba made the journey from a far country to view the glories of Solomon's kingdom. One day we will make the journey from this world to view the glories of God's Kingdom. We will be amazed!
  • Even the Queen of Sheba prophesied that God loved Israel and establishes them forever. (See verse 8.)

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