1 Kings 10* The queen of Sheba's visit to Solomon. (1-13) Solomon'swealth. (14-29)1-13 The queen of Sheba came to Solomon to hear his wisdom,thereby to improve her own. Our Saviour mentions her inquiriesafter God, by Solomon, as showing the stupidity of those whoinquire not after God, by our Lord Jesus Christ. By waiting andprayer, by diligently searching the Scriptures, by consultingwise and experienced Christians, and by practising what we havelearned, we shall be delivered from difficulties. Solomon'swisdom made more impression upon the queen of Sheba than all hisprosperity and grandeur. There is a spiritual excellence inheavenly things, and in consistent Christians, to which noreports can do justice. Here the truth exceeded; and all who,through grace, are brought to commune with God, will say the onehalf was not told them of the pleasures and the advantages ofwisdom's ways. Glorified saints, much more, will say of heaven,that the thousandth part was not told them, #1Co 2:9|. Shepronounced them happy that constantly attended Solomon. Withmuch more reason may we say of Christ's servants, Blessed arethey 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 hisstation, discharge his duties with readiness, and from bettermotives; looking forward to the day when, being absent from thebody, he shall be present with the Lord. 14-29 Solomon increased his wealth. Silver was nothingaccounted of. Such is the nature of worldly wealth, plenty of itmakes it the less valuable; much more should the enjoyment ofspiritual riches lessen our esteem of all earthly possessions.If gold in abundance makes silver to be despised, shall notwisdom, and grace, and the foretastes of heaven, which are farbetter than gold, make gold to be lightly esteemed? See inSolomon's greatness the performance of God's promise, and let itencourage us to seek first the righteousness of God's kingdom.This was he, who, having tasted all earthly enjoyments, wrote abook, to show the vanity of all worldly things, the vexation ofspirit that attends them, and the folly of setting our heartsupon them: and to recommend serious godliness, as that whichwill do unspeakably more to make us happy, that all the wealthand power he was master of; and, through the grace of God, it iswithin our reach.
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