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Lesson 716: I KINGS CHAPTER 10

"If You Shall Turn from Following Me…” 

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1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions. 2 And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. 3 And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not. 4 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon’s wisdom, and the house that he had built, 5 and the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the Lord; there was no more spirit in her. 6 And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. 7 Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard. 8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom. 9 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. 10 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and precious stones: there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon. 11 And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and precious stones. 12 And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of the Lord, and for the king’s house, harps also and psalteries for singers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this day. 13 And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants. Solomon’s great riches 14 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold, 15 beside that he had of the merchantmen, and of the traffick of the spice merchants, and of all the kings of Arabia, and of the governors of the country. 16 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of gold went to one target. 17 And he made three hundred shields of beaten gold; three pound of gold went to one shield: and the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon. 18 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the best gold. 19  The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round behind: and there were stays on either side on the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the stays. 20 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps: there was not the like made in any kingdom. 21 And all king Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; none were of silver: it was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon. 22 For the king had at sea a navy of Tarshish with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tarshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks. 23 So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom. 24 And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. 25 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year. 26 And Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he bestowed in the cities for chariots, and with the king at Jerusalem. 27 And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycamore trees that are in the vale, for abundance. 28 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn: the king’s merchants received the linen yarn at a price. 29 And a chariot came up and went out of Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty: and so for all the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, did they bring them out by their means.

Lesson No. 716  "If You Shall Turn from Following Me…”

I Kings Chapter 10                                                            03/31/2024

1) Why did the queen of Sheba visit Solomon?  (verse 1) What did she bring with her and why?  (verse 2)  What was ‘all that was on her heart’?  God or God’s wisdom? Perhaps was she interested in the God of Israel?

2) After spending time with Solomon and observing all that went on in the palace, what was her opinion of Solomon and God’s kingdom?  (verses 3-7) Matthew 12: 42

3) What did she say about the people in his house and what of the blessing from the Lord thy God and Israel?  (verses 8-9) Should our circle of family and friends look like this? 

4) What were the gifts she brought to Solomon?  (verse 10)  Funny she made no mention of all his wives and concubines.  Verse 13 tells of what Solomon gave back to the queen of Sheba.  History says she also came so she could have a son to rule her kingdom with wisdom and God’s favor.

5) More gold from the mines in Ophir (verse 11) and almug trees for sprucing-up the temple and Solomon’s house. (verse 12)

6) What was Solomon’s intake of gold per year and what did he do with the gold?  (verses 14-17)  What did God say about too many wives, chariots, horses, and gold?  Funny…666 talents of gold per year.  Mark of man?

7) What did Solomon make for himself as a throne?  Too much?  (verses 20) What of his vessels?  (verse 21)  How about the vessels of the heart?  What was delivered every three years by boat?  Necessary ‘stuff’?  (verse 22)

8) What did the world think?  (verses 23-24)  How did the world respond?  Is this the influence that God wants ‘believers’ to have on the world? How about us?  Things of the flesh or things of the spirit?

9) OK, can’t wait.  Chapter 11, verses 1-13.  We see what God thinks of Solomon’s obedience to Him, not the ‘stuff’, not even the wives, etc., but the thing that God hates the most.  (Clue- #1 Commandment)  Despite David’s poor choices and disobedience, David never strayed and worshiped false gods.  He was true to our God.


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