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Bible Reading Plan | DECEMBER 28, 2022


 

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE


King Solomon’s encounter with the Queen of Sheba in the Bible passage below teaches us a lesson about the witness of abundance. Your life preaches a sermon about the goodness of God in your life. And the theme of that sermon should be overflowing abundance. I’m not necessarily talking about wealth, as we see in these verses. True abundance and true riches consist of an overflow of the fruit of the Spirit in your life, which is love, joy, peace, patience, and self-control. Your transformed life should preach a sermon to the world about Jesus who said, “I came that they might have life and might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

 

(1 Kings 10) 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. 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.


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.”


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