Women of the Word: Queen of Sheba


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:

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