1 Kings 10
1Kings 10: “Solomon in all his glory” 🙌
“I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Matthew 6:29 • What does glory mean? Kavod: the Hebrew word for “glory” primary means “weight,” referring to something substantial. a. Kavod, or Glory can refer to a variety of things from honor to material things and social status that are seen as evidence of God’s blessing. (Isa 22:24, Psa 4:2, Psa 21:5, Psa 8:5, 1 Kgs 3:13) b. Kavod can also refer to God Himself. (Psa 24:7-10, Isa 24:23)
Doxa: the Greek term means “opinion” or “honor.” a. Spiritual wealth is associated with God’s glory (Rom 9:23; Eph 1:18). b. Christ’s resurrection is associated with God’s glory (Rom 6:4; Col 1:11). 1 When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions. (1Kings 10:1) Solomon’s reputation as a wise and godly king intrigued the queen of Sheba and ultimately glorified God.
• Our Reputations Should Glorify God 🙌 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16) Proverbs 22:1 1, Peter 2:12 The Bible gives examples of people whose godly reputation glorified God. Joseph’s example shows that godly character produces godly reputation.(Genesis 39:1-23) Job’s example demonstrates the great pleasure God takes in those that pursue lives that glorify Him. (Job 1)
2 Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravan—with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones—she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind. 3 Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her. 4 When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built, 5 the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed. (1Kings 10: 2-5) Solomon’s God given wealth and wisdom fills the queen with awe .
• Our view of God and His work should inspire a sense of God- glorifying awe. 🙌 They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy. Psalm 65:8 The Bible gives examples of God working through His followers to inspire awe and ultimately gain glory for Himself. Jesus’ teaching inspires awe. Mark 6:2 The fellowship of the believers in Acts produces awe among them. Acts 2:42-43
6 She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. 7 But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard. 8 How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! 9 Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness. (1 Kings 10:6-9) The Queen of Sheba praises God
• The product of our awe is God-glorifying praise. 🙌 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Hebrews 13:15 Miriam praises God after Israel is delivered from Egypt. Exodus 15 Deborah praises God after the defeat of Israel’s Canaanite enemies. Judges 5 Hannah praises God for the answered prayer of Samuel. 1 Samuel 2:1-10 Mary praises God for choosing her to mother the Messiah . Luke 1:46-55
• Man was made in the image of God, for the glory of God 🙌 Genesis 1:26-30, Psalm 8:5, Isaiah 43:7, 1 Corinthians 11:7
• Man’s glory was compromised by sin Genesis 3 & Romans 3:23
• Jesus lives the God glorifying life that man could not 🙌 John 1:1-18; 13:31-32, Romans 3:24 & Romans 5:12-21
Temple of God: The fulfilling life of pursuing the glory of God. 🙌
Idols: The vain and empty life of pursuing the glory of self.