Archive | May 2014

Soloman and the Queen of Sheba; God and Us

II Chronicles 9:1

“And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones; and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. “

And so too, we hear of the fame of God, and we come to prove God with hard questions. We bring a great company of past experiences, hurts and doubts. We bring camels laden with good works, tithes and offerings in abundance and precious possessions, precious memories. But then we fall short – we come, but we don’t commune with God of all that is in our hearts. If we could do that – commune, spend quality and quantity time with God; if we could tell God all that is in our hearts and listen to Him tell us all that is in His heart – what a difference it would make! How different our perspective and our lives would be!

II Chronicles 9:2

“And Solomon told her all her questions, and there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not.”

God tells us and will tell us all our questions – if not in this life, then when we get to heaven. God will not hide anything from us then and He tells us everything we can bear now. If it were not so – if there wasn’t a mansion of many rooms awaiting us, He would have told us so.

II Chronicles 9:3

“And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built”

And when we see the wisdom of God, and the heaven that He has built

II Chronicles 9:4

“And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel; his cupbearers also, and their apparel, and his ascent by which he went up into the house of the Lord; there was no more spirit in her.”

And the abundance of the table of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the sitting of the servants of God, and the attendance of His ministers and their heavenly robes of white, and His ascent to the throne of heaven; there will be no more spirit in us.

II Chronicles 9:5

“And she said to the king, ‘It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom.’”

And every person will one day say to the King Jesus, “It was a true report which I heard on the earth of Your acts and your wisdom.”

II Chronicles 9:6

“’Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it; and behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me; for thou exceedest the fame that I heard.’”

Oh, that we would believe Your words before we get to heaven and our eyes see it. For behold, the half of Your greatness is not told us and You exceed the fame of what we’ve heard.

II Chronicles 9:7

“’Happy are thy men, and happy are thy servants, which stand continually before thee and hear thy wisdom.’”

We will be happy in heaven, standing continually before God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and hearing Their wisdom. We can be happy in this life when we wait on God to hear His wisdom.

II Chronicles 9:8

“’Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on His throne to be king for the Lord thy God; because thy God loved Israel, to establish them forever, therefore made He the king over them, to do judgment and justice.’”

Blessed be the Lord our God, who delighted in Jesus, to set Him on the throne, to be the king for the Lord God; because God loves Israel, to establish them forever, therefore, He made Jesus king over Israel, to do judgment and justice.

II Chronicles 9:9

“And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and precious stones; neither was there any such spices as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon.”

On this earth, we could never come up with anything worth giving God unless we give Him all we have and all we are. In heaven, we will lay our crowns at His feet.

II Chronicles 9:11

“And the king made of the algum trees terraces to the house of the Lord, and to the king’s palace, and harps and psalteries for singers; and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah.”

God is preparing the New Jerusalem and the new temple and harps and psalteries for singers. We have never seen anything like it. We can’t possibly imagine what it will be like. (I Corinthians 2:9; Isaiah 64:4 and 65:17)

II Chronicles 9:12

“And King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, besides that which she had brought unto the king. So she turned and went away to her own land, she and her servants.”

God gives us all our desire, whatsoever we ask in Jesus name. What He doesn’t give us in this life, He will in the next. No matter how much we give to God, He has so much more to give to us. So we must turn and go to our appointed place and task.

 

Jesus’ Brothers

Frustration. Discouragement. Sadness. Anger. Bitterness. Resentment. These feelings and many more come up when we pray for a loved one to either come to salvation or return to God and they don’t move. The harder their heart gets, the more these feelings come up.

I was reading the crucifixion of Jesus. At the foot of the cross were his mother and his aunt. That’s it. No brothers. No sisters. They lived with Him for thirty years and never came to faith.

In fact, John 7:2-9 tells of an incident where His brothers taunt Him. They lived with Him for thirty years and they TAUNT Him.

The Son of God was not able to “convert” His own brothers while He was alive. We are not responsible for the conversion of our family members. We are to witness, instruct, live by example, pray persistently, but we cannot make them choose Jesus. Even Jesus couldn’t do that.

Don’t lose heart. Read Acts 1:14. The disciples joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, AND WITH HIS BROTHERS.

What We Really Need

“When Simon Peter saw this, he knelt in front of Jesus and said, ‘Leave me, Lord! I’m a sinful person!’” Luke 5:8 (God’s Word Translation)

Although I identify with Peter’s statement, I didn’t pay much attention to this verse until I read a little further and noticed Jesus’ response was lacking. In verses 17-26, four men bring a paralyzed friend on a mat and lower him through the roof. The first thing Jesus says to him is “Sir, Your sins are forgiven.”

Peter declares and confesses his sinfulness, but Jesus doesn’t tell him his sins are forgiven. The paralytic doesn’t make a confession or a profession, but Jesus pronounces forgiveness.

Perhaps the need for physical healing generates a response of forgiveness because those seeking physical healing aren’t fully aware of their need of forgiveness or their sinful state. Absorbed in their physical state, they aren’t concerned with their spiritual condition. So Jesus turns the paralytic’s attention to his sinfulness.

Peter, on the other hand, was fully aware of his sinful state and therefore what he needed was a call to discipleship and service. Jesus provided what Peter needed – a way and the opportunity to repent and turn his soul life around.

So then, we can count on several truths. God and Jesus know our deepest needs much better than we do. What we think our needs are and what our needs really are, are probably two very different things, opposites perhaps. God and Jesus will always meet our true needs and most likely in ways we never expect.