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2 Chronicles 9

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The Queen of Sheba Visits Jerusalem; The Wisdom and Wealth of Solomon

2 Chronicles 9

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Lesson Number 6

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Queen of Sheba is typical of the Church in her wonder and worship.
  2. King Solomon was typical of Christ in his wealth and wisdom.

Practical Application

  1. Bring your difficult questions to the Lord.

Questions

  1. Who was the Queen of Sheba?
  2. Explain the possible connection between Ethiopia and the Ark of the Covenant.
  3. What was the Queen's reaction when she saw Solomon's greatness with her own eyes?
  4. What is a type?
  5. How is Solomon a type of Christ in verses 22-24?

Answers

  1. The Queen of Sheba was probably the ruler of the Sabeans who are mentioned as early as the book of Job in the Bible. The Sabeans lived in southern Arabia, a 1200 mile camel trip from Jerusalem.
  2. Extra-biblical sources claim that the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon produced a child who became King Menelaus of Ethiopia. Some sources go further to claim that Solomon sent the Ark of the Covenant to King Menelaus for safekeeping before Israel was conquered by her enemies. The Bible is silent about these matters.
  3. She was awestruck. From 2 Chronicles 9:5-6 we get the expression, "the half has not been told."
  4. A type is an Old Testament person, place, event, or other item that pictures New Testament truth.
  5. King Solomon is typical of Christ as glorious king. As Solomon's wealth and wisdom are extolled, so it will be in a coming day when our Lord is exalted on this earth as King.

Discuss/Consider

  1. The Queen of Sheba had heard of the fame of Solomon, but she was awestruck when she saw it with her own eyes. Read 1 Corinthians 2:9. Discuss how the Church will respond to the glory and greatness of our King when we meet Him in person.
  2. The Queen of Sheba brought her difficult questions to King Solomon. What sort of difficult questions do you have that you need to bring to the Lord? Why are people sometimes hesitant to bring their hard questions to God? Turn to Him and His wisdom.

Challenge

  1. The Queen of Sheba made a long journey by camel to visit King Solomon. Are you willing to make time and effort to meet with your Lord?

Key Verses

  • "Blessed be the LORD your God, who delighted in you, setting you on His throne to be king for the LORD your God! Because your God has loved Israel, to establish them forever, therefore He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness." 2 Chronicles 9:8
  • "So he reigned over all the kings from the River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedar trees as abundant as the sycamores which are in the lowland." 2 Chronicles 9:26-27

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