2 Chronicles 9 Outline
– The Queen of Sheba tested Solomon with hard questions (2 Chronicles 9:1-4)
– The Queen of Sheba was impressed with Solomon’s kingdom and his wisdom (2 Chronicles 9:5-8)
– The Queen of Sheba gave gold, precious stones and spices to Solomon (2 Chronicles 9:9-10)
– Solomon’s and Hiram’s men sailed to Ophir to bring back algumwood and precious stones (2 Chronicles 9:11)
– Solomon gave what the Queen of Sheba wanted and he gave more to Queen of Sheba (2 Chronicles 9:12)
– Solomon received 666 talents of gold as revenue every year (2 Chronicles 9:13-14)
– Solomon made 200 large hammered gold shields and 300 small hammered gold shields (2 Chronicles 9:15-16)
– Solomon made a great throne (2 Chronicles 9:17-19)
– Solomon’s goblets and household articles are made from gold (2 Chronicles 9:20)
– Solomon and Hiram’s sailor traveled to Ophir once every 3 year (2 Chronicles 9:21)
– Solomon is the richest and wisest king (2 Chronicles 9:22-24)
– Solomon had many horses and chariots (2 Chronicles 9:25-28)
– Solomon died and was succeeded by his son, Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 9:29-31)
2 Chronicles 9 Summary
The queen of Sheba came to test Solomon with hard questions after she heard about his fame. She brought with him a large caravan of spices, gold, and precious stones. Solomon answered all of Queen Sheba’s questions. There was no question that is too hard for Solomon to answer. When the queen of Sheba had seen Solomon’s riches and heard his wisdom her ownself, she praised Solomon. She gave Solomon the spices, precious stones and 120 talents of gold. There was never so much spices such as those gave by Queen Sheba to Solomon.
Solomon and Hiram’s sailors sailed to Ophir once every three years to bring back algumwood, precious stones, gold, silver, ivory, apes and baboons. The algumwood was used to make the steps for the temple, royal palace, and harps and lyres for the musicians. In return, Solomon gave Sheba all she wanted. He gave her more than she give. After that, Sheba returned to her own country with her retinue. Every year, Solomon received 666 talents of gold. This revenue does not include the revenue from the merchants and traders. The kings of Arabia and the governor of the land also bring gold and silver to Solomon.
Solomon made 200 large hammered gold shields. Each of the large hammered gold shields was made from 600 bekas of gold. He also made 300 small hammered gold shields. Each of the small hammered gold shield was made from 300 bekas of gold. The great throne was inlaid with ivory and overlaid with pure gold. There are 6 steps that lead to the throne. On each side of the steps, there is a lion. There are armrests on both side of the throne. All the goblets and household articles of Solomon’s Palace of the Forest of Lebanon were made from pure gold. Silver has little value as they are as common as stones. Cedar was as common as sycamore fig tree in the foothills.
King Solomon was the richest and wisest king on the earth. Every year, people come to visit Solomon and they brought various kinds of gifts including silver, gold, robes, weapons, spices, horses and mules. Solomon had 4,000 stalls for horses and chariots and 12,000 horses in the chariot cities. Solomon imported the horses from Egypt and other countries.
Solomon died after he reigned for 40 years and his son, Rehoboam succeeded him. Other events that occurred in Solomon’s reign were recorded by Nathan, Ahijah the Shilonite, and Iddo the seer regarding Jeroboam son of Nebat.
2 Chronicles 9 Bible Study
1. God kept his promise
God kept his promise by making him the richest and wisest king on the earth. God always fulfill his promise, although it may take time, it will fulfill eventually (2 Peter 3:9; Numbers 23:19). God always say Yes to the promises he made. All we need to do is to believe in his promises and say Amen to them (2 Corinthians 1:20).
2. Obedience to God brings blessings
In Deuteronomy 28:9-11, God promised to blessed the Israelites with abundance prosperity if they follow his commandments. Obedience to God will brings blessings on your life. In Proverbs 10:22, the blessings of God brings wealth and he will add no trouble to it. In Proverbs 8:21, God bestowed wealth to those who love him and make their treasuries full. In Deuteronomy 11:26-28, God bless those who obey his commandments but curse those who disobey his commandments. In 1 John 5:3-5, loving God means obeying him and carrying out his commandments. God’s commandments are not burdensome because we have overcome the world by having faith in Jesus Christ. In Philippians 4:13, all things are possible through Christ who gives you strength.
3. Seek God diligently
In Matthew 12:42, Jesus said the Queen of the South will rise up at judgment and condemn this generation. The Queen of Sheba came all the way to Israel to listen to Solomon’s wisdom. We should seek Jesus all the more diligently and learn his word eagerly. We must renew our mind with God’s word every day so that we will become conformed more and more into the image of Christ. In Romans 12:2, we must renew our mind with God’s word. Learning and knowing God’s word allows us to test and approve what is God’s will so that we will always abide in him.
4. The Antichrist is a good man that turned evil ultimately
Solomon received 666 talents of gold every year. The number 666 is the number of the Antichrist (Revelation 13:18). This mention of the number 666 indicates that the Antichrist, who will persecute the Christians is a good man at the start but he ultimately will be used by the devil and became an evil man.
5. Obey God’s commandments completely
Solomon disobeyed God by importing horses, gold and silver, which is a disobedience to God’s commandment in Deuteronomy 17:16-17. In James 2:10, breaking a single commandment of God is equal to breaking all the commandments of God. In 1 John 3:24, anyone who obey God’s commandments will abide in God and God will abide in him as well, which is testified by the Holy Spirit. In Luke 11:28, blessed are those who hear and keep God’s commandments.