1 Kings 10

* The queen of Sheba's visit to Solomon. (1-13) Solomon's

wealth. (14-29)

1-13 The queen of Sheba came to Solomon to hear his wisdom,

thereby to improve her own. Our Saviour mentions her inquiries

after God, by Solomon, as showing the stupidity of those who

inquire not after God, by our Lord Jesus Christ. By waiting and

prayer, by diligently searching the Scriptures, by consulting

wise and experienced Christians, and by practising what we have

learned, we shall be delivered from difficulties. Solomon's

wisdom made more impression upon the queen of Sheba than all his

prosperity and grandeur. There is a spiritual excellence in

heavenly things, and in consistent Christians, to which no

reports can do justice. Here the truth exceeded; and all who,

through grace, are brought to commune with God, will say the one

half was not told them of the pleasures and the advantages of

wisdom's ways. Glorified saints, much more, will say of heaven,

that the thousandth part was not told them, #1Co 2:9|. She

pronounced them happy that constantly attended Solomon. With

much more reason may we say of Christ's servants, Blessed are

they that dwell in his house; they will be still praising him.

She made a noble present to Solomon. What we present to Christ,

he needs not, but will have us do so to express our gratitude.

The believer who has been with Jesus, will return to his

station, discharge his duties with readiness, and from better

motives; looking forward to the day when, being absent from the

body, he shall be present with the Lord.
14-29 Solomon increased his wealth. Silver was nothing

accounted of. Such is the nature of worldly wealth, plenty of it

makes it the less valuable; much more should the enjoyment of

spiritual riches lessen our esteem of all earthly possessions.

If gold in abundance makes silver to be despised, shall not

wisdom, and grace, and the foretastes of heaven, which are far

better than gold, make gold to be lightly esteemed? See in

Solomon's greatness the performance of God's promise, and let it

encourage us to seek first the righteousness of God's kingdom.

This was he, who, having tasted all earthly enjoyments, wrote a

book, to show the vanity of all worldly things, the vexation of

spirit that attends them, and the folly of setting our hearts

upon them: and to recommend serious godliness, as that which

will do unspeakably more to make us happy, that all the wealth

and power he was master of; and, through the grace of God, it is

within our reach.

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