by Rex Yancey

I Believe In Jesus
Rex Yancey
1 Kings 10:1-5; Matthew 12:42

Solomon was the wisest man in the world in his day. He memorized 3,000 proverbs and 1500 songs. After he judged that a baby was to be split into two pieces and given to the two mothers that claimed it, and the real mother spoke up to give it to the other mother, his fame spread throughout the world.
The Queen of Sheba heard about his wisdom and made a long journey with gifts to check to see if the rumors were true. She asked him difficult questions and he answered all of them.
Here was a woman searching for truth and found it through Solomon. God had indeed answered his prayer and given him wisdom.
Jesus referred to this passage when the Scribes and Pharisees asked him for a sign. "The Queen of the South shall rise up with this generation at the judgment and shall condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here."
The created quite a stir: Solomon was a King's son; Jesus was a carpenter's son. Solomon was born in a palace; Jesus was born in a stable. Solomon was born in Jerusalem; Jesus was born in little Bethlehem. Solomon had thousands of servants; Jesus had none. Solomon wore a kingly robe; Jesus wore a seamless garment. Solomon drank from gold vessels; Jesus begged a drink from a harlot. Solomon was rich; Jesus was poor. Solomon had a great army; Jesus had stragglers. Solomon slept in the best of beds; Jesus had no where to lay his head. Solomon had 1400 chariots, 1200 horsemen, and 40,000 stalls of horses; Jesus rode a donkey. Solomon ate with the Queen of Sheba; Jesus ate with publicans and sinners.
And yet, he had the audacity to say that a greater than Solomon was here?
-Solomon was known for his wisdom, works, worship, wealth, workers, and worth. And yet Christ counters and surpasses them all. "He is the wisdom of God." Solomon built a temple for his people. Jesus has a people for his tem ...

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