The visit of the Queen of Sheba (1 Kings 10:1-10:5)

“When the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, fame due to the name of Yahweh, she came to test him with hard questions. She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices, and much gold, and precious stones. When she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind. Solomon answered all her questions. There was nothing hidden from the king that he could not explain to her. When the queen of Sheba had observed all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, their clothing, his valets, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of Yahweh, there was no more spirit in her.”

The Queen of Sheba has a mythical ring to it. Where does this mysterious woman come from? This queen of Sheba does not have a particular name. Some have said that she was a regent mother for her son. Most put her from Ethiopia or the Persian Gulf. Where is Sheba? Sheba was the name of a few people in Genesis, chapter 10, that puts Sheba as a descendant of Ham, Noah’s son, as a descendant of Cush. There is another Sheba mentioned as a brother of Ophir in the same Genesis chapter. So she might have been around the gold mine at Ophir, wherever that might be. This might explain her wealth in spices, gold, and precious stones. Anyway, Solomon answered all her questions with wisdom. She observed all his wisdom, plus his house, his food, his clothing, and his servants. She somehow lost her spirit. Solomon also offered burnt offerings in the temple.