The queen of Sheba hears about the stunning reputation of King Solomon. Skeptical, she travels to meet him to see if there is any truth to the reports she has heard. Bringing gifts, she talks with Solomon at length and is astounded with what she sees. The king answers her every question, able to fully explain all things to her.
She then affirms his great wisdom and immense wealth, declaring that what she heard failed to communicate the fullness of all she saw and experienced. She is in awe.
Solomon loads her up with gifts, and she returns home.
The queen of Sheba had to see to believe. Does our confidence in God require tangible proof, or do we have the faith to believe without seeing?
[Discover more about the queen of Sheba in 1 Kings 10:1–13 and 2 Chronicles 9:1–12. See “The Queen of the South” for part 2 of this story, but we won’t encounter it until we get to the New Testament.]
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