by Charles H. Spurgeon

The Queen of the South, or the Earnest Inquirer
Charles H. Spurgeon
Matthew 12:42

The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

Our Savior, in this chapter, administered a rebuke to two sorts of people. He reproved those who hear the Gospel, but who are not brought to humiliation and repentance. He rebuked them by the sample of the Ninevites, who, having but one short and terrible warning from the prophet Jonah, clothed themselves in sackcloth, turned to God in penitence, and so preserved their city. He then rebukes another class-those who have not curiosity enough to care to bear the Gospel, or who, if they hear it, give it no attention, as though it were not worthy of human thought. First, He rebukes those who hear and despise the Word and then those who are of so stolid a heart to refuse to give it an honest and candid hearing. These are shamed by the example of this Queen of the South, who came from the uttermost parts of the earth, enticed by fame to listen to the wisdom of King Solomon. He declares that her hallowed curiosity which led her to journey so far to profit by the wisdom of a man will, in the day of judgment, condemn us, if we refuse to hear the voice of the Son of God and are not moved to inquire concerning the heavenly wisdom which He reveals.

Will you kindly open your Bibles at the tenth chapter of the First of Kings, for I shall have constantly to refer to the historical narrative in order to bring out in full relief the conduct of the ancient queen. O that the Spirit of God may convince some of you of sin by the example of that wise-hearted woman!

The three points we shall consider this morning with regard to the Queen of Sheba are these: first, let us commend her for the possession of an inquiring spirit; then let us observe how she conducted her inquiry; ...

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