From the beginning, God has called us to love. We all should love each other. To love is the greatest thing in the world. And we cannot fully appreciate love until we have given love. (2 John 1:5)
The Queen of Sheba enters the Bible scene in 1 Kings 10:1-13, 2 Chronicles 9:1-9, and 2 Chronicles 9:12. Jesus also makes reference to her in Matthew 12:42. The Queen of Sheba was no ordinary lady. She was a great monarch in her own right with plenty of power, wealth, and an intelligent mind to carry on a conversation with the wisest man who ever lived.
1 Kings 10 reads: “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 spoke with him about all that was in her heart.” Solomon answered all of the Queen’s questions; there was nothing he did not explain to her. After the Queen of Sheba experienced all the wisdom and prosperity of Solomon’s house, she exclaimed: “Blessed be the Lord your God, who delighted in you, setting you on the throne of Israel! Because the Lord has loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness.” Afterwards, King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba exchanged generous gifts before she went back to her own country.
Here are three things we can learn from the Queen of Sheba:
Spiritual gifts are gifts from God that enable us as Christians to perform our service to Him. The gifts of the spirit are:
- the Working of Miracles
- the Gifts of Healing
- the Gift of Helpers
- the Gift of Governments or Administration
- the Gift of Faith
- the Gift of Exhortation
- the Gift of Teaching
- the Gift of Discernment of Spirits
- the Gift of Speaking the Word of Wisdom
- the Gift of Speaking the Word of Knowledge
- the Gift of Tongues
- the Gift of Interpretation of Tongues
When God created woman, He made a very special creation. He made us beautiful and unique. He made us strong and resilient, gutsy and spirited, sassy and sweet. And He loves us. God really, really loves His girls. And the Bible is filled with many women – some good, some bad – all of who God made, who God loved, and who we can learn many lessons from.
So far in our Women of the Word series, we have looked at 50 different figures in the Bible, who all have something to teach us (drum roll, please). Here is our fifth series recap:
He was conceived by the union of divine grace and human disgrace. He who breathed the breath of life into the first man is now Himself a man breathing His first breath. The King of kings now sleeping in a cow-pen. The Creator of oceans and seas and rivers afloat in the womb of His mother. God sucking His thumb. The Alpha and Omega learning His multiplication tables. He who was once surrounded by the glorious stereophonic praise of adoring angels now hears the lowing of cattle, the bleating of sheep, the stammering of bewildering shepherds. He who spoke the universe into being now coos and cries. Omniscient Deity counting His toes… From the robes of eternal glory to the rags of swaddling clothes. The omnipresent Spirit, whose being fills the galaxies, confined to the womb of a peasant girl. Infinite power learning to crawl. – Sam Storms
One of the most unfortunate stories in the Bible is found in Genesis 34 which tells of the rape of Dinah. Dinah was the daughter of Leah and Jacob. When her family moved to the land of Canaan, the prince of the country named Shechem, saw Dinah and kidnapped her and violated her. Later, he tells his father that he wants to marry Dinah because Genesis 34:3 says ‘his soul was strongly attracted to her’. Dinah’s brothers, however, are fighting mad over the way their sister was treated. Using circumcision, they trap all the men of Shechem’s city and kill them.