Pastor’s Pen: January 5th, 2020
“…the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon…” – II Chronicles 9:1
Solomon’s fame spread all across the land. He was so rich, the Bible said he made his throne of ivory and coated it with pure gold. To give you an idea in modern terms, Solomon’s net worth would be two trillion US dollars. He was given about twenty-five tons of gold every year as king who reigned thirty-nine years, making him one of the riches men to ever live. You cannot even quantify the other perks of being king in those days. The Bible expresses in second Chronicles chapter nine the depth of his wealth and wisdom. He had individuals that would do purchases on his behalf, his contemporaries and enemies were so impressed they brought him gold and silver. He made shields of pure gold with one estimated to be around one hundred sixty thousand US dollars. He had a total of thirty made valuing his shields at forty-eight million. This truly was a magnifical kingdom (I Chro. 22:5).
The Queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s greatness, and described the experience as the half being untold. Can you imagine the splendor of the kingdom as you walk towards the palace? I just imagine high walls that fortifying the inside, gorillas and peacocks securing the yard, and guards that monitoring area. Imagine walking past the walls and seeing the landscaping they did for the great king and the gardens, trees, and flowers he must of had. Picture continuing on to the palace and as you are walking towards the grand front doors you look down and notice the walkway is made of the most magnificent stones. As the main doors open, you are at awe inspecting the rich pottery, the spectacular lighting of the main entrance, and the abundance of pleasantries King Solomon had upon his arrivals home. Just think of the uniqueness of the color schemes of each room, the queens walking around in the finest jewelry and tapestry, the fragrance of burning incense permeating every crack of the place, and the stunning view as you walked through the Kings grande porch (Acts 5:12). I can only dream about the kitchen and how all the meals were prepared in a Kosher-like manner as the world’s most talented chefs bought only the finest cuts of beef, freshest fishes, lushest vegetables, the fluffiest marshmallow-like breads, accompanied by herbs that came from the Orient and butter that was churned in the “backyard.”
Now think! Solomon and all his greatness would not compare to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Kingdom and how we will enjoy all of it as His heirs!