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Thursday, August 7 2014
2 Chronicles 9: The Queen of Sheba's Gold
"King Solomon gave to the Queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which she had brought unto the king"
The visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon is one of the most well-known events of Bible history. It was however, like many other occurrences in the Scriptures, the basis of a prophetic lesson that will be fulfilled in the time of the end (see the Fact Finder question below).
"9:1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. 9:2 And Solomon told her all her questions: and there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not. 9:3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built, 9:4 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel; his cupbearers also, and their apparel; and his ascent by which he went up into the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.
The Queen of Sheba gave Solomon a great gift of gold that weighed "an hundred and twenty talents" - over four tons, worth over $200 million at today's gold prices. The gift was only a fraction of Solomon's annual intake of "six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold" - about 25 tons. Much of the gold was used in the palace and Temple (see also What Happened To All Of That Gold?).
"9:13 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold; 9:14 Beside that which chapmen and merchants brought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon.
"Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years." The first half of his reign was wise and noble (see Solomon's Wise Years). His later years were a descent into self-destructive liberalism (see What Caused Solomon's Idolatry?).
"9:29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat? 9:30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years. 9:31 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead." (2 Chronicles 9:29-31 KJV)
Fact Finder: What did Jesus Christ say about the Queen of Sheba?
This Day In History, August 7
322 BC: The Battle of Crannon between Macedon and Athens (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
117: The accession of Hadrian, the 14th Roman emperor, reigned 117-138 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
355: Claudius Silvanus proclaimed himself Roman Emperor against Emperor Constantius II.
461: Roman Emperor Majorian was beheaded after his arrest by the magister militum Ricimer.
626: Avar and Slav forces left the siege of Constantinople.
991: The Danes under Olaf Tryggvason defeated the Saxons at Maldon.
1712: The Treaty of Aargau was signed which ended the Swiss War and guaranteed Protestant superiority over Catholic Cantons.
1718: The English fleet under Admiral George Byng destroyed or captured 15 out of 22 Spanish ships at the Battle of Cape Passaro off Sicily.
1786: Francis Light established the British colony of Penang, Malaysia.
1794: U.S. President George Washington invoked the Militia Law to suppress a rebellion by colonists in western Pennsylvania.
1804: Francis II became the first Emperor of Austria.
1858: The Eiger of the Bernese Alps was climbed for the first time.
1863: Cambodia became a French protectorate.
1906: In France, Eugene Lauste received the first patent for a "talking film."
1908: Britain's King Edward VII met with Germany's Kaiser (Kaiser is the German form of Caesar) Wilhelm II to protest the growth of the German navy.
1919: After the First World War, the constitution of the Weimar Republic was adopted in Germany.
1927: The Peace Bridge opened between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York. The last invasion of Canada, by any country, was by the U.S. during the War of 1812 (1812-1814). In starting the war, President James Madison publicly-declared that his objective was to attempt to destroy and annex Canada as a nation and subject its people to dictatorial rule from Washington (i.e. Madison's malignant threat, "surrender or be annihilated"). At the end of the war, the border remained where it was before Madison declared the war, and Madison's White House, along with much of Washington, was burned to the ground by Royal Marines in retaliation for the U.S. looting and burning of the Parliament Building and library in Toronto, Ontario earlier in the year.
1930: The last confirmed racist lynching in the northern U.S. occurred, in Marion, Indiana. Two black men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, were murdered by "Christian" white men.
1933: "The Assyrian Incident" - a massacre of Assyrian villagers (315 men, 4 women, 6 children) by Iraqi government forces.
1942: A German submarine sank the British Navy's HMS Eagle, one of the world's first aircraft carriers.
1952: King Hussein of Jordan succeeded to the throne after his father, King Ala, was deposed. He reigned for 47 years, until his death in 1999.
1972: The last U.S. military forces withdrew from Vietnam. Soon thereafter, North Vietnam over-ran South Vietnam, ending the Vietnam civil war between north and south, thereby creating a single country free of foreign interference for the first time since colonial France divided Vietnam into North and South in the 1950s.
1979: Several tornadoes struck the city of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada and the surrounding communities in Oxford County.
1981: The Washington Star ceased publication after 128 years.
1990: West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher's Free Democrats (FDP) merged with their liberal East German allies to become the first revived all-Germany political party.
1999: The Chechnya-based Islamic International Brigade invaded the bordering Russian Republic of Dagestan.
2008: Georgia launched an invasion of South Ossetia, thereby starting the 2008 South Ossetia War.