The Queen of Sheba

Michael Wilcock

READ : 1 Kings 10:1-13

“She came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here!” (Matthew 12:42)

Here is someone who is by no means just “the woman.” In contrast to the many kings of Egypt, we know of only one queen of Sheba, but though like them she is not given a name, she is a dazzling figure in the Old Testament story as she arrives in Jerusalem for a state visit. Her own entourage is hugely impressive. The fact that the splendors of Solomon’s court take her breath away (v. 5) shows that they are even more impressive.

Jesus told his contemporaries, as they stood before him long afterward, that they were in the presence of something greater than Solomon. Think how many unbelievers today are close to Jesus and his message! No need for them to travel “from the ends of the earth,” as this queen did, to meet the great King. He’s as close as the nearest church.

We shall meet the Queen of Sheba ourselves on Judgment Day, Jesus tells us. She will condemn everyone who had such easy access to the Lord and yet refused him. May it not be by our negligence that they failed to appreciate the wealth, the wisdom, and the wonderful Person that were within their reach.


King of Kings, use us to draw others to yourself.