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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

1 Kings 10



Verses 1-29

1 Kings 10:1-13 — The Queen of Sheba Meets King Solomon ( 2 Chronicles 9:1-12) - Myles Munroe teaches about kingdom principles. He explains that when a king heard of another king, there was competition to display oneself as the greater king. One king would visit the other and bring a great gift, with the intent of out giving the weaker king. The king that gave the larger offering was considered the greater king. He explains that when the queen of Sheba came to King Solomon she came with a great offering in order to test his greatness. But when she arrived she saw the prosperity of Solomon's kingdom and the wisdom that he spoke. The queen of Sheba saw something so magnificent that she became speechless. She saw the king's servants ministering in each of their offices with joy and under the anointing. She saw a Temple that was built and designed under the inspiration of divine ideas. Its artwork and craftsmanship were unique upon the earth and had never been done before. She met a king in whom dwelt the Spirit and wisdom of God, something that she could not match. It took her breath away. He responded by giving to the queen all of her heart's desire. Thus, she acknowledged his greatness. 27]

27] Myles Munroe, interviewed by Benny Hinn, This is Your Day (Irving, Texas), on Trinity Broadcasting Network (Santa Ana, California), television program; Myles Munroe, Kingdom Principles: Preparing for Kingdom Experience and Expansion (Understanding the Kingdom) (Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image Publications, Inc, 2006).

1 Kings 10:2Comments- Andrew Wommack teaches that the word "gift" in Proverbs 18:16 refers to financial gifts, rather than spiritual gifts. 28] This type of giving reveals a right use of using money. It is not a bride, but rather a way to find favor. One good example of this is the queen of Sheba, who came to visit King Solomon with a large amount of gifts in order to enquire wisdom from him. Probably her large gift gave this busy man immediately access. In other words, her gifts put her at the front of the line. She was also able to spend personal time with him and with his ministers. It is the concept of the early missionaries coming into Africa and giving gifts unto the local kings for permission to evangelize their kingdoms.

28] Andrew Wommack, Gospel Truth (Colorado Springs, Colorado: Andrew Wommack Ministries), on Trinity Broadcasting Network (Santa Ana, California), television program.

Proverbs 18:16, "A man"s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men."

1 Kings 10:17 And he made three hundred shields of beaten gold; three pound of gold went to one shield: and the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.

1 Kings 10:17Comments - The shield was a defensive weapon in ancient warfare, defending a soldier from the assaults of the enemy. David, a man of war, used the characteristics of the shield figuratively throughout the book of Psalm to describe God's protection over His people as they trust in Him ( Psalm 115:9; Psalm 144:1-2). God's protection over His children from the assaults of the devil offer them liberties to walk in victory and prosperity upon earth as God ordained them to walk. Solomon made three hundred shields of pure gold. The number three is often said to symbolize the "Godhead," or "divine completeness," and the number ten represents "law and government," with multiples of symbolic numbers intensifying their meaning. 29] The three hundred shields may represent God's divine and perfect rule over His peoples, offering them perfect protection from the enemy; for Israel was a theocracy ruled by God. The gold may symbolize the purity of man's heart in accepting and serving the Lord. In contrast, Judah turns its heart away from the Lord to serve pagan idols, so the Lord sends the enemy into Jerusalem to steal the country's treasures and the golden shields. In their place, King Rehoboam replaces the golden shields with shields of brass, which could represent a false trust in the Lord ( 1 Kings 14:22-28).

29] Jim Goll says, "Multiples of these Numbers , or doubling or tripling carry basically the same meaning, only they intensify the truth." See Jim W. Goll, The Seer: The Prophetic Power of Visions, Dreams, and Open Heavens (Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers, Inc, 2004), 109-110.

Psalm 115:9, "O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield."

Psalm 144:1-2, "Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight; My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me."


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. 2013.

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