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The untold story!

Scripture reading for April 24th: 2nd Chronicles 6-9

Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived other than Jesus Christ.  Solomon got his wisdom by asking for it! (James 1:5)  Solomon asked for wisdom to rule God’s people and knowledge.  (2nd Chronicles 1:7-10) God granted him his request and  gave him fame and fortune as well.  Solomon became well-known for his wisdom and for the wealth that God had lavished on him.

The Queen of Sheba was a foreign dignitary of Solomon’s time who had heard reports of Solomon’s wisdom and wealth.  She came to see for herself and when she arrived and took it all in, her recorded remark was “not even half the greatness of your wisdom was told me”.  (2nd Chronicles 9:6)  She praised Solomon’s God for delighting in Solomon and placing him on the throne.  She noted that the Lord loved his people and appointed Solomon as king to uphold them and rule them for God!  She had great understanding herself as she stood in Solomon’s presence. She also lavished gifts of gold (over 25 tons) and spices on Solomon.

Solomon had a distant grandson, Jesus Christ, who was also filled with wisdom from God.  Luke records that he grew in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man. (Luke 2:51)  Paul records that in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  (Colossians 2:2-3)  This same Jesus has been made unto us wisdom from God.  (1st Corinthians 1:30)  If we need wisdom, we can simply ask God and He will give us liberally!  (James 1:5)  We have record of Jesus’ unequaled wisdom, yet the half has not been told!  When we see Him we will know fully what we only know in part now!

As the Queen of Sheba gave lavish gifts to Solomon, so Gentile wise men from the East brought gold and spices at His birth!   Christians are to honor Jesus Christ by giving our tithes and lives!  We are to tell of the riches of His glorious Kingdom and publish his fame and wisdom to the whole world!  We bring him the precious “gold” of our faith and the “spices” of prayer and worship.  All nations will worship Him of whom “the half has not been told”!

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The half has not been told!

Scripture reading for April 24th: 2nd Chronicles 6-9

Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived other than Jesus Christ.  Solomon got his wisdom by asking for it! (James 1:5)  God appeared to him early in his rule and asked him what he needed.  Solomon asked for wisdom to rule God’s people.  (2nd Chronicles 1:7-10) God granted him his request and  gave him fame and fortune as well.

The Queen of Sheba was a foreign dignitary of Solomon’s time who had heard reports of Solomon’s wisdom and wealth.  She came to see for herself and took it all in.  Her recorded remark was “not even half the greatness of your wisdom was told me”.  (2nd Chronicles 9:6)    This Gentile queen praised Solomon’s God for delighting in Solomon and placing him on the throne.  She noted that the Lord loved His people and appointed Solomon as king to uphold them and rule them for God!  She had great understanding herself as she stood in Solomon’s presence.

The Queen of Sheba also lavished gifts of gold and spices on Solomon.  She gave him over 25 tons of gold helping to fulfill God’s word to Solomon!  A king who is full of wisdom deserves great honor and recognition!

Solomon had a distant grandson, Jesus Christ, who was also filled with wisdom from God.  Luke recorded that he grew in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man. (Luke 2:51)  Paul stated that in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  (Colossians 2:2-3)  This same Jesus has been made unto us wisdom from God.  (1st Corinthians 1:30)  If we need wisdom, we can simply ask God and He will give us liberally!  (James 1:5)  We have record of Jesus’ unequaled wisdom, yet the half has not been told!  When we see Him we will know fully what we only know in part now!

As Solomon’s fame spread far and wide, so Jesus Christ’s fame is spreading to all the nations!  As the Queen of Sheba gave lavish gifts to Solomon, so we are to honor Jesus Christ and give our tithes and offerings.  He alone is worthy!  We are to tell of the riches of His glorious Kingdom and publish His wisdom for all who will listen!  We bring Him the precious “gold” of our faith and the “spices” of prayer and worship.  All nations will worship Him of whom “the half has not been told”!

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King Solomon

Scripture reading for April 24th: 2nd Chronicles 6-9

Today I want to discuss three things about King Solomon: his wealth, his wisdom, and his worldliness!  Two of these things seem to go together, but the third is out of place if you have the other two!  When we study the life of this son of David who was the wisest human ever to live (except for Jesus Christ), we are faced with something that is difficult to understand.  We must receive wisdom from the Lord and His word!

When God appeared to Solomon, giving him a blank check, Solomon asked for wisdom.   This pleased God and He made him the wisest man ever.  People from all over the world came to hear the wisdom of Solomon.  He could expound on many topics concerning plants and animals and the creation.  The Queen of  Sheba came to test Solomon with hard questions and Solomon answered all of them.  She was overwhelmed by what she heard and saw. (2nd Chronicles 9:1-6)

God added wealth to Solomon,  as well as honor.  He had gold from Ophir and precious stones.  The weight of gold Solomon received yearly in tribute was 666 talents.  That is equal to about 25 tons of gold!  (2nd Chronicles 9:13-14)  He made silver as common in Jerusalem as stone!  (2nd Chronicles 9:27a)  His wealth, as well as his wisdom, brought him fame and world attention! He had greater riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth!

But Solomon was also worldly!  As he got older, he strayed from following God wholeheartedly.  His many wives brought idolatry into his life and he pursued happiness under the sun!  (Ecclesiastes)  He set up idol temples for his wives, which angered the Lord. (1st Kings 11:1-9)  He disobeyed the Lord’s commands and did not heed God’s warnings.  He strayed from God and became entangled in idolatry and sin.

It is hard to understand how someone so wise and to whom had God appeared several times could not apply what he surely knew to his own life.  Sin has a way of blinding us and stealing our wisdom.  As we read these stories, we must realize that none of us is far from idolatry and sin.  We must lean daily on the Lord in a personal relationship.  We must listen carefully to His word and apply it first to our own lives.

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The half has not been told!

Scripture reading for April 24: 2nd Chronicles 6-9

Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived other than Jesus Christ.  Solomon got his wisdom by asking for it! (James 1:5)  God appeared to him early in his rule and asked him what he needed.  Solomon asked for wisdom to rule God’s people and knowledge.  (2nd Chronicles 1:7-10) God granted him his request and  gave him fame and fortune as well.  Solomon became well-known for his wisdom and for the wealth that God had lavished on him.

The Queen of Sheba was a foreign dignitary of Solomon’s time who had heard reports of Solomon’s wisdom and wealth.  She wanted to come and see for herself and when she arrived and took it all in, her recorded remark was “not even half the greatness of your wisdom was told me”.  (2nd Chronicles 9:6)  This pagan Queen also made another remark that is amazing.  She praised Solomon’s God for delighting in Solomon and placing him on the throne.  She noted that the Lord loved his people and appointed Solomon as king to uphold them and rule them for God!  She had great understanding herself as she stood in Solomon’s presence.  It appears that this wisdom rubs off!

The Queen of Sheba also lavished gifts of gold and spices on Solomon.  She gave him over 25 tons of gold by our measure!  A king who is full of wisdom deserves great honor and recognition!

Well, how does this story from 3000 years ago affect us today?  Solomon had a distant grandson, Jesus Christ, who was also filled with wisdom from God.  Luke records that he grew in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man. (Luke 2:51)  Paul records that in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  (Colossians 2:2-3)  This same Jesus has been made unto us wisdom from God.  (1st Corinthians 1:30)  If we need wisdom, we can simply ask God and He will give us liberally!  (James 1:5)  We have record of Jesus’ unequaled wisdom, yet the half has not been told!  When we see Him we will know fully what we only know in part now!

Not only that, but as Solomon’s fame spread far and wide, so Jesus Christ’s fame is spreading to all the nations!  As the Queen of Sheba gave lavish gifts to Solomon, so we are to honor Jesus Christ and give our tithes and lives to Him who is worthy!  We are to tell of the riches of His glorious Kingdom and publish his fame and wisdom for all who will listen!  We bring him the precious “gold” of our faith and the “spices” of prayer and worship.  All nations will worship Him of whom “the half has not been told”!

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