26th December 2018


“Then she said to the king: ‘It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom.  However I did not believe their words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me. You exceed the fame of which I heard!”
2 Chronicles 9:5-7 (NKJV)

Who has not heard of the Queen of Sheba? It was she who came to Solomon to hear his wisdom, to learn from him. 1 Kings 10:3 explains: “So Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing so difficult for the king that he could not explain it to her.” But in coming to see for herself whether what she had heard was true, the Queen of Sheba did not come empty handed. In verse 10 we read “Then she gave the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold, spices in great quantity, and precious stones. There never again came such abundance of spices as the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.” No quantities or types of the spices and precious stones are given, however the gold is stated at 120 talents. Looking to find how heavy one talent was I learnt the generally accepted figure for the Old Testament talent is 35kg. At time of writing 1kg of gold is valued at £29,388.62. So let’s see: if one talent is 35kg, then 120 talents is 4,200kg, at the above price £/kg that makes £123,432,204.00. And this is just the value of the gold—the value of the spices and precious stones can only be guessed at! The Queen of Sheba did not come with a miserly gift.

In Matthew 12:42 we find that Jesus makes the following statement: “The queen of the South…came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.” Jesus’ wisdom is greater than Solomon’s, so of how much more value is Jesus’ wisdom? We can have this wisdom for ourselves—for free. The cost to us has no price, but it cost God His only begotten Son His physical life so that we could live.

In 1 Peter 1:7 we see “that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Our faith is purified by fire that it may be made pure like 22 carat gold. God will settle for nothing less than the best we have to offer Him. Our praise and thanks for what Jesus has done for us, that we could not achieve by our own efforts, is what He desires. This is something that we cannot put a price on, His wisdom is not valueless, but priceless.

Thank you for your priceless gift to us and that you put your value on us as your children.

Study by Rosemary Gent


About the Author:
Rosemary Gent attends Nottingham Grace Communion.

Local Congregation:
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
Attenborough Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Richard White

Email: nottingham@gracecom.church

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