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The Word being heard not seen

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on_sq“Now when the queen of  Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with hard questions, having a very great retinue, camels that bore spices, gold in abundance, and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart. So Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing so difficult for Solomon that he could not explain it to her. And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his servants, the service of his waiters and their apparel, his cupbearers and their apparel, and his entryway by which he went up to the house of the Lord, there was no more spirit in her. Then she said to the king: “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom.”

Here in this passage of scripture the queen “heard” of the wisdom of Solomon and came to Jerusalem to check it out for her self. When she arrived she asked him all sorts of difficult questions to which the Lord gave Solomon the answer, but the passage indicated that it was more then just what Solomon said that convinced of the truth of the Word of God. Notice verse 3, “queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon.” The passage goes on to say that four things swayed her towards the wisdom of the Word of God beyond just what Solomon said.

1. PROPERTY: Vs. 3b “the house that he had built.” She heard what Solomon said to her but clearly what Solomon had built spoke of the wisdom of the Lord as well. The buildings and how they were constructed enabled her to not only hear the wisdom but see the wisdom of God. People are visual as well as audible and as such they like to see the Word as well as hear it. The wisdom of God was carried out in the labor of the servants of God in constructing the buildings He gave them directions for. The bottom line is that the  Word of God can be taught verse by verse but people also respond to the Word when they are in an environment which enables them to hear and see. We need to make sure that we create an environment which will facilitate the hearing of the Word and Wisdom of God. It’s kind of like the truth that you won’t go into a restaurant if it is dirty or even if it is not very well decorated. Now the food they serve might be real good but most folks won’t enter the door to try it if the atmosphere is not to their liking.

2. PRESENTATION : Vs. 4a “the food on his table, the seating of his servants.” This is called “presentation,” which is everything that is on or around the table. When we open the word of God on Sunday, it’s not just a speech. It’s bringing forth the Wisdom of the Word of God. That requires two important pieces of information.

A. “the food on his table” We need to know where the people that are going to be eating the Word of God are at so that they are getting the right kind of food that will meet their needs.

B. “the seating of his servants” Secondly, we need to make sure that all that we do is geared so that those that are about to eat find the meal enjoyable. Those that serve need to make sure that those that attend church get the max out of their dinning on the Word and Wisdom of God experience.

3. PEOPLE: Vs. 4b “the service of his    waiters and their apparel, his cupbearers and their apparel.” The queen was impressed with not just how the servants served the food, but what they wore as well. A lot of time we may be turned off about a restaurant not because of what is being served but rather the way it is being served, (courteously, graciously, seriously). Does the way we conduct ourselves on Sunday mornings convey a nonchalant, indifferent attitude? Do the people that come to church know that we are ready to serve them? Do you think it does not make a difference? No amount of good service can ever make up for bad food, but it will help people to keep coming back.

4. PLAN: Vs. 4c “his entryway by which he went up to the house of the Lord.” There was a clear-cut method

and entryway by which Solomon went into the temple. This tells us that there was a plan or method by which he routinely approached the temple and this was clearly seen by the queen and it impressed her. Every church has a liturgy some are

very traditional and some are quite casual. Calvary Chapel would fit more towards the casual, but there ought not be a hap-hazard approach. People don’t like to go into something that is continually changing and you never know exactly what to expect. It’s okay to change the menu from time to time but not every Sunday. The way Solomon entered the temple represented how he wanted others to enter in to the presence of the Lord. “How do I want to convey to others the way into His presence?” Again that will vary from culture to culture and from church to church.

What was the outcome of what the queen heard and then say? “there was no more spirit in her. Then she said to the king: “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. However I did not believe their words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me. You exceed the fame of which I heard. “Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom!” Oh to God that we would see all that come to Calvary sing the praises of the Lord and the Wisdom of making Him the Lord of their lives. May we all be making sure the Word and Wisdom of God is seen as well as heard.