READING THE BOOK OF Second Chronicles CHAPTER Nine.
When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. Arriving with a very great caravan—with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones—she came to Solomon and talked with him about all she had on her mind.”(2 Chronicles 9:1 NIV).
GOD WANTS US TO BE THE HEAD AND NOT THE TAIL.
Historical explanation.- The visit of the Queen of Sheba to Jerusalem to meet personally with their king, shows the time of splendor and heyday of Solomon’s reign, particularly in regard to the visit of the Queen of Sheba. The queen had heard about the greatness of Solomon and wanted to make sure by making a personal visit to the king. The kingdom of Sheba, according to scholars, was in the southwest of the Arabian peninsula, in eastern Ethiopia, others suppose that Sheba is located in the territory of Ethiopia. Saba was famous for its trade in gold, frankincense, precious stones and spices (Eze 27:23). The presence of Israel in Eziongeber was a danger to the economy of Saba, for this, his queen wanted to keep abreast of the situation. When Solomon met the queen opened the door of his sincere heart, with questions characteristic of Eastern cultures (verses 1-3).
Fame of Solomon- The Bible says: “And all the kings of the earth sought the presence Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had given him (verse 23). Recall that Solomon was a great biologist because “He spoke of trees, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop on the wall. Also spoke about the animals, the birds, and of creeping things, and of fishes (1 Kings 4:23).
We should dream big.- God is not only interested in our spiritual life, He also wants us to be prosperous in all areas of our lives: “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (1 John 1:2). Let’s enjoy this great promise: LORD will make you the head, and for not the tail, and be above not beneath, if you hear the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today, to observe and to do (Deut 28:13).
God’s abundant blessings. Thank you that you have great hopes for our lives. Give us success in all facets of our lives that we may be heads and not tails. In the name of jesus, amen.
By Dr. Franz Rios, Translated and adapted by Pablo J. Rios.