After reading the first part of this chapter I couldn’t help but think of the saying “your reputation precedes you” The queen of Sheba had to show up and see with her own eyes what king Solomon had done or I should say what God had gifted king Solomon… She saw that all of the workers were happy and the size of the temple and the size of the palace and all the riches and all of his wisdom. she brought gifts and things that have never been seen there before. In fact, everybody was seeking to meet the man who had so much wisdom amd everyone who saw him was bringing all kinds of gifts“25 Every one of them brought his present, articles of silver and gold, garments, myrrh, spices….” I couldn’t help but think of the three wise men who followed the star to go see baby Jesus who were also bringing gold, frank incense and myrrrh.. very similar types of gifts to praise the new king… is there not a parallel there that anybody else sees?! I’m saying God gave all of his gifts of wisdom to king Solomon and anybody who came to see him brought wonderful marvellous gifts.. on the parallel, when God sent his only begotten son down through the immaculate birth – God gave the world the most precious gift! and then three guys showed up and brought wondrous marvellous gifts to honour His birth – and we are currently in the season of celebrating that birth and we give each other gifts.. 🙂
What also caught my attention was the specific amount of gold that king Solomon accumulated each year… 666 talents of gold, a red flag went off my mind because I know what that number is associated with. I know that the love of money is the root of evil 1 Tim 6:10 “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” and I see that he was accumulating that every year beginning and perpetuating his decline into the love of money amd material things..I mean he even had a throne made out of ivory and covered it with gold… everything was covered in gold, it even said that he made silver as common as stone and made cedar as plentiful as the sycamore of the Shephelah. He was growing his horses and his chariots and just kept accumulating and accumulating almost glorifying wealth rather than the giver of wealth. We should never forget to giver of the gifts.. It’s like thinking “wow this apple is fantastic! it’s the best fruit ever!… and forgetting that it came from a tree (that bears much fruit) without the tree, there would be no apple to enjoy… And even further, without the Lord there’s no creation of the tree!
For the record, if my reputation were ever to proceed me, I pray that it is a reputation of respect and praise for the Lord who I know is the provider of all my gifts starting with His breath of life that I start each day with.