每日诗歌: 神啊求你监察我 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNXZPJ9KjXs)
1 King 10 [Read]
1 King 11 [Read]
Luke 24:1-35 [Read]
Solomon was on top of the world in today’s OT reading. The coming of the Queen of Sheba was not just another isolated incident, but it demonstrated the widespread of Solomon’s reputation. Sheba was in the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula where Yemen is located today, almost 2000 miles away from Jerusalem. How did she hear about Solomon and how long did it take her to come to Jerusalem? With our Lord citing this historical event himself (Mt 12:42), we should be able to see the spiritual meaning of her coming. Indeed, “now one greater than Solomon is here”.
Wisdom of Solomon was the reason Queen of Sheba came, and she was totally impressed by what she saw. The King got 666 talents of gold (10:14), roughly 25 tons, each year! No wonder everything was made by gold and “silver was considered of little value” (10:21). How can anyone not feel a little puffed-up by such wealth and fame?
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov 16:18). Though his arrogance was not explicitly recorded, there was no mention about Solomon studying or following God’s commandments. Consequently, it was not surprising to see him deteriorate into idol worshiping (11:4). It was the beginning of his downfall, and down came the kingdom too. It’s a sad ending.
A quick rise to fame and wealth is definitely not a good thing, especially for young men. What distinguishes Solomon and David is their life before reaching the throne, and I believe that’s why David is always remembered as the one after God’s own heart. Sufferings build characters (Rom 5:3-5), and characters are the real fruit of a disciple of Christ. There is no doubt about it.
Keep on reading,