2 Chronicles 9* The queen of Sheba. (1-12) Solomon's riches, and his death.(13-31)1-12 This history has been considered, #1Ki 10|; yet becauseour Saviour has proposed it as an example in seeking after him,#Mt 12:42|, we must not pass it over without observing, thatthose who know the worth of true wisdom will grudge no pains orcost to obtain it. The queen of Sheba put herself to a greatdeal of trouble and expense to hear the wisdom of Solomon; andyet, learning from him to serve God, and do her duty, shethought herself well paid for her pains. Heavenly wisdom is thatpearl of great price, for which, if we part with all, we make agood bargain. 13-31 The imports here mentioned, would show that prosperitydrew the minds of Solomon and his subjects to the love of thingscurious and uncommon, though useless in themselves. True wisdomand happiness are always united together; but no such allianceexists between wealth and the enjoyment of the things of thislife. Let us then acquaint ourselves with the Saviour, that wemay find rest for our souls. Here is Solomon reigning in wealthand power, in ease and fulness, the like of which could neversince be found; for the most known of the great princes of theearth were famed for their wars; whereas Solomon reigned fortyyears in profound peace. The promise was fulfilled, that Godwould give him riches and honour, such as no kings have had orshall have. The lustre wherein he appeared, was typical of thespiritual glory of the kingdom of the Messiah, and but a faintrepresentation of His throne, which is above every throne. Hereis Solomon dying, and leaving all his wealth and power to onewho he knew would be a fool! #Ec 2:18,19|. This was not onlyvanity, but vexation of spirit. Neither power, wealth, norwisdom, can ward off or prepare for the stroke of death. Butthanks be to God who giveth the victory to the true believer,even over this dreaded enemy, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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