Week 17   Day 5


The Bible repeats important messages

"Walk in my ways and obey my commands"

You've heard this before     

            but are you listening?

Each time

            the command contains

            a promise of blessing.



From her perspective the queen of Sheba saw order

            the beauty of orderliness 

            everything in place

            everyone working 

            in harmony and peace 

She thought she saw heaven on earth

            a model for all government.




                                       A WARNING
                          The role of Israel's king is

               to maintain justice and righteousness.
                                      I Kings 9 & 10


     1When Solomon had finished building the house of the

Lord and the king's house,  2the Lord appeared to Solomon

the second time.  3The Lord said, "I have heard your prayer

that you have made before Me; I have consecrated the house

which you have built to put My name there forever, and My

eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.  4Now if you walk

before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart

and in uprightness, to do according to all I have commanded

you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments, 5then I

will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever. 

    6But if you, or your sons turn from following Me, and

do not keep my commandments, but go and serve other gods

and worship them, 7then I will cut off Israel from the land

which I have given them, and this house I will cast out of My

sight.  Israel will be a byword among all peoples.  8As for

his house, which is exalted, everyone who passes by it will

be astonished and will hiss."

     1When the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon,

she came to test him with hard questions.  2She came to

Jerusalem  with a very great retinue, with camels that bore

spices, very much gold, and precious stones; when she came

to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart. 

    3So Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing

so difficult for the king that he could not explain it to her. 

4When the queen had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the

house that he had built, 5the food on his table, the seating of

his servants, the service of his waiters and their apparel, his

cupbearers, and his entryway, there was no more spirit in her. 

    6She said to the king,  7"Indeed the half was not told me. 

Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame of which I heard. 

8Happy are your men and these servants, who stand continually

before you and hear your wisdom!  9Blessed be the Lord your

God, who delighted in you, setting you on the throne of Israel!" 

     10Then she gave the king one hundred and twenty talents

of gold, spices in great quantity, and precious stones.  There

never again came such abundance of spices as the queen of

Sheba gave to Solomon.  13Solomon gave the queen of Sheba

all she desired, besides what he had given her according to the
royal generosity.  So she turned
and went to her own country.
                 This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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