Summary: Hebrew tradition and legend says that the queen of Sheba of this passage was named Makeda. Sheba is the place that she was from. She is the queen of Sheba whose name may have been Makeda. In the text she goes to see 06/2007
Makeda is coming
1 Kings 10: 1 – 14. Makeda is coming
Solomon and Solomon is a scriptural model of the Kingdom of God. The queen of Sheba is a model of the world and how God is about to bring Makeda to the Kingdom.
The queen of Sheba represents a breed of people and a generation of people that looks different than what we see in the average Christian Church. We have placed a slant on the gospel message that has made it appealing to the poor and needy but rejected by the wealthy and well to do.
Our pews are filled with people who are in need while those who have the resources to meet those needs have found greater solitude on golf courses and their weekend cottages.
We have made the areas of the poor our mission fields as if to say that what we have to offer is not needed by the rich.
This is not to imply that the church should neglect the poor but it is to say that God is not pleased with our rejection of the rich. We have equated wealth with righteousness and made the erroneous assumption that people who are wealthy have all they need.
One of the problems is that the Christian Church has such an overwhelming spirit of poverty that we cause the well-to-do to feel guilty for having reached that point of success in their life. We don’t just make the well-to-do feel guilty but we even make those who are trying to do better feel guilty for trying.
The spirit of poverty is often exemplified in the all familiar crab in the bucket illustration. Crab fishermen know that there is no need to bother putting a lid on the bucket they use while catching crab.
Once there are a few crabs in a bucket, the fisherman knows that any crab that tries to get out will be pulled back down by the other crabs. It’s not that the bucket is too small or the wall too slippery, the problem lies with the other crabs.
The wealthy are turned off from the Church because when they arrive they feel the crab claw grabbing at them trying to pull them back down. The ambitious are turned off from the Church because they are forced to feel like Joseph in the house with Judah, Issachar, Reuben, Dan, Asher, Napthali, Gad, Zebulon, Simeon and Levi. Dreams of the ambitious often become the nightmares of the crabs.
The good news is Makeda is coming. Makeda is a representative of a different class of people. Makeda is not coming to get a food box and clothes and rent payments. Makeda is not coming to Church to see it as an extension to her welfare and food stamp program. Makeda is an asset to the ministry.
If Makeda is coming, what is it that draws her? What is it that should draw people to the Kingdom?
What Makeda Sought. Let’s observe what she sought.
Verse one says: “And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions.”
The report that she heard about Solomon was concerning on connected to the name of the Lord. She heard what the Lord had done with Solomon and for Solomon. The Amplified Bible puts it this way: “When the queen of Sheba heard of the constant connection of the fame of Solomon with the name of the Lord.”