No More Breath in Me

In 1 Kings 10 we read about the Queen of Sheba. I think we could think of her as a type of the church, all believers. She had heard of the fame and wisdom of Solomon, who I think is a type of the resurrected Jesus. So, she comes to Solomon with all of her questions, hard questions. She told Solomon all that was on her mind. Solomon answered everything she asked him because he had all knowledge and wisdom.

Then, the Queen of Sheba sees the greatness of the kingdom of Solomon – his wisdom, his house, the food on his table, the seating of his officials, etc. Remember, she is a queen. So she has her own kingdom. But, when she sees Solomon’s kingdom, it was is so great that there was no more breath in her.

The queen of Sheba says, “The report was true that I heard in my own land of your words and your wisdom, but I did not believe the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it. And behold, the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity surpass the report that I heard.”

Now, put yourself in the place of the queen of Sheba and Jesus in the place of Solomon. We heard about Jesus, his fame. So, we go to Jesus and challenge him with all of our questions, everything on our mind. If we earnestly seek him, he will answer everything for us. We realize Jesus’ kingdom is greater than the reports we were given. But, we can’t just rely on the reports of others. We have to know for ourselves. The queen of Sheba did not believe until she saw the greatness of Solomon with her own eyes. The same is true for us. We do not believe until we see the greatness of Jesus for ourselves. In him are all the riches of wisdom, riches that are unsearchable or without end.

I love how the story of the Solomon ends at the end of 1 Kings 11. “Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the Book of the Acts of Solomon?” It makes me think of what is said about Jesus in the book of Acts 1:1, “In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.” Luke was now going to write about the rest of the acts of the risen Lord Jesus, what he continued to do through the apostles. An interesting little connection between Solomon and Jesus.

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