Editor’s Note: The following is part of a series of excerpts from Divinity of Women: Inspiration and Insights from Women of the Scriptures’ by Heather B. Moore and S. Kent Brown. To see previous articles in this series, click here.
As is characteristic of ancient societies, word about King Solomon travels widely, aided by stunning news of his wisdom and earthly abundance. In whichever country the Queen of Sheba lives-Yemen, Oman, Ethiopia, or Egypt; there are cases made for all four-she hears of Solomon. She’s impressed with his wealth, but she also has questions about matters of faith.
This all fulfills prophecy, adding ballast to the notion that the queen is a spiritual woman. By seeking a more illuminating knowledge, the Queen of Sheba satisfies part of her divine pining. A prophecy found in Isaiah enlightens us that “all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the Lord” (Isaiah 60:6). The queen does both, giving Solomon “an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great abundance” as well as reason for praising his God for her inquisitive character (2 Chronicles 9:9).
It appears the queen already possesses a great deal of faith, which she demonstrates when she speaks to Solomon. We are not privileged to know what she says when she “commune[s] with him of all that was in her heart” (v. 1), but we do know Solomon has answers to her questions. This leads the queen to declare, “Thy [heavenly] wisdom and [earthly] prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard” (1 Kings 10:7).
Not surprisingly, the queen then takes opportunity to declare her own devotion to the Lord and bestow her royal blessing upon Solomon:
“Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on
the throne of Israel: because the Lord loved Israel for ever, therefore
made he thee king, to do judgment and justice” (1 Kings 10:9).
The queen’s wisdom, augmented from Solomon and coupled with her faith in the Lord, allows her to become a faithful leader and, in the end, to “rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them” (Luke 11:31).
The Queen of Sheba is a strong leader and a woman with spiritual inclinations. When she hears of someone who possesses greater knowledge than she, the queen is willing to put forth a tremendous effort, as well as incur substantial cost, in order to educate herself, to improve herself. She has questions, and she determinedly seeks for answers.
How much stronger might we be in our little kingdoms-however small they may seem-if we seek answers from our wise and inspired prophets and leaders? In turn, like the Queen of Sheba, we’ll gain additional wisdom and insight to govern our lives and to impart to those in our own spheres of influence.
Scriptures referencing the Queen of Sheba: 1 Kings 10:1-13; 2
Chronicles 9:1-12; Isaiah 60:6; Jeremiah 6:20.
Queen of the South: Matthew 12:42 and Luke 11:31.