Behold! The Queen of Sheba.
The visit of this exotic personage, from a far flung and wealthy kingdom… (they think it was in present day Yemen, pretty much the edge of the known world to them) …lends massive credence to the honour and fame they have achieved.
This nation of former slaves, transformed by God’s blessing so that all the world acknowledges his greatness.
More descriptions of Solomon’s stunning opulence follow. It goes on for 40 years, Israel’s high period, and then Solomon dies. The Queen sums it up:
“Praise be to God who has delighted in you”
It’s what God wants for us. The garden of Eden is described in similar abundant terms, as is the new earth and heaven described in revelation.
The history of Israel is a huge lesson that people’s hearts don’t become loving if you pour out massive blessing on them.
Look at the wealthiest, most blessed nation on earth today. The US are desperate to become “great” again. Yesterday I read they slapped trade tariffs on Turkey because the world trade system is ‘so unfair’.
Great wealth has begotten more greed and bullying of nations poorer than themselves. Their policy of ‘America first’ belies the fact that they already are first. It’s actually America further first.
And Australia is not better, look at how we treat refugees while shrinking or foreign aid. If the West is in decline is because our rich diet is so bad for us.