Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 15, 2012

The Queen of Sheba

Why is the story of the Queen of Sheba in the bible?  What can it teach us?

If we allow King Solomon to represent Jesus in some respects, we can see what she represents.

One of the greatest unanswered questions is: Why do bad things happen to good people?  Why is there Evil in our world?  If God is good, how could he allow this?

We cannot answer this satisfactorily now, but we are promised answers in the future.  When Jesus returns from God, his first task is to build the temple.  “‘We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’” Mark 14:58  This will be the heavenly temple, the Christ, head and body united.  The three days are 3,000 years.  Note that the Queen of Sheba did not visit King Solomon until after the temple and the royal palace were finished.  Thus it will be that the remnant of the people will not hear of Jesus’ fame until the heavenly temple and royal palace are finished.  The firstborn (the church) must be reborn before the secondborn.  The secondborn are all the people resurrected to earth.  They will hear of Jesus’ fame and riches and seek an audience with him via his representatives in Israel.

“The queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, so she came to test Solomon with difficult questions at Jerusalem…”  2 Chronicles 9:1  What are these difficult questions?  The very questions about why bad things happened to good people.  They will want concrete answers.  Like why did my aunt come down with that incurrable disease at the age of 10?  Why was my friend abused?  What about the terrors of Pol Pot or the French Revolution?  Jesus will satisfy their curiosity fully.

“She came to Solomon and spoke with him about everything that was on her mind.  So Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too difficult for Solomon to explain to her[!]”  2 Chronicles 9:1-2  Thus, “We do know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to purpose.”  Romans 8:28

Then and only then, “Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.  They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone are deliverance and strength.  All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame.”  Isaiah 45:23-24  Every knee will bow!  “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet [Jesus] like me [Moses] from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.”  Deuteronomy 18:15  All who will listen will live eternally!

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