Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions. She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones. And when she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind. And Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing hidden from the king that he could not explain to her. And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, their clothing, his cupbearers, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the Lord, there was no more breath in her.
And she said to the king, “The report was true that I heard in my own land of your words and of 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. Happy are your men! Happy are your servants, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Blessed be the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel! Because the Lord loved Israel forever, he has made you king, that you may execute justice and righteousness.” Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold, and a very great quantity of spices and precious stones. Never again came such an abundance of spices as these that the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon. I Kings 10:1-10 ESV
But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:6-11 ESV
Long ago in Greece there was a temple to the god Apollo in Delphi. Many people traveled to this temple even from far away when they had a big decision to make, because there was a priestess there who they believed could give them answers. This priestess was known as the Oracle at Delphi. The priestess inhaled hydrocarbon gases that came up from holes in the earth, and these gases put her into a trance. She would then say things that no one could really understand, but they believed that if they thought about her words they would find the wisdom they needed to make good decisions. Heads of state, dignitaries from Greece and other countries, and common people all came from far and wide to Delphi to consult the Oracle when they had a question.
The Queen of Sheba had heard about Solomon’s wisdom, and she traveled from her country to the land of Israel to meet Solomon. She had hard questions to ask him, and he was able to help her and explain to her everything she wanted to know. Solomon wasn’t an oracle in a trance, but instead he was a man blessed by the true God with wisdom and understanding. He was able to answer all her questions because he had God’s help. The Queen of Sheba saw how the true God had blessed Solomon and the people of Israel, and she was breathless with amazement. She saw all the riches of Solomon, his servants, and the wonderful temple, and she praised God for giving Israel such a wise and wonderful king.
We have many wonderful blessings from God, also. He’s given us his word, the Bible, to help and guide us through our lives. We don’t have to travel far and wide to find God’s answers, because they are as near to us as his word. We can talk to God in prayer with our questions and our problems any time and in any place. Most importantly, we have Jesus. We didn’t have to travel to find Jesus, or go up to heaven to bring him down to us. He saw our need for a Savior, and he came down to us because he loves us. He died on the cross for us so our sins could be forgiven, and now we have peace and life with God forever.
Dear Jesus, thank you for coming down to us to be our Savior. Please stay with us always. Amen.