The story of the queen of Sheba is one of the famous stories of the Bible. Here is a queen who travels a great distance to see king Solomon at the peak of his golden era. She comes to see if the stories she has heard are really true. She comes to hear of his great wisdom.
But what do we make of such an account? Stories like this one are great for flannel graph boards in Sunday school, but how do we apply them to our lives?
Sometimes we can find a New Testament text that helps us understand how to understand an Old Testament story. Such is the case here with the Queen of Sheba.
Some scribes and Pharisees had asked Jesus for a sign. Jesus knew their hearts—he knew that they really didn’t want to believe in him. They only wanted their own ideas of a messiah fulfilled. So Jesus told them the only sign that they’d get was the sign of Jonah, and then he said:
42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. (Matthew 12:42)
Jesus was saying that the Gentile queen of Sheba responded in a right way to the wisdom of Solomon.
Now, there they were—God’s people, not the ungodly Gentiles—and they were not responding correctly when someone greater than Solomon appeared (that someone being Jesus Christ).
Because Jesus made a comparison here with the queen of Sheba and seeking himself, we can look at her and discover insights into how we should seek Christ.
First of all, we find that the queen of Sheba was… Continue reading