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Big, Best, and Only

When the Queen of Sheba treks to Jerusalem to visit Solomon in 1 Kings 10, it’s no run-of-the-mill visit. Between her visit and the fleet of Hiram, it’s a series of what’s big, best, and only:

  • Big/best - “She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones” (verse 2).
  • Big/best/only - “Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold, and a very great quantity of spices and precious stones. Never again came such an abundance of spices as these that the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon” (verse 10).
  • Big/best/only – “Moreover, the fleet of Hiram, which brought gold from Ophir, brought from Ophir a very great amount of almug wood and precious stones. No such almug wood has come or been seen to this day” (verses 11-12).

I’ve heard it taught that as the Queen of Sheba came to Solomon, so are we to come to the Lord. It’s another series of big, best and only.

We bring our biggest and best to the Lord, our “firstfruits.” (Of course, He wants all of us just as we are.) And there’s nothing routine about meeting with the Lord. It’s a whole series of onlys – each encounter unique, if we allow God to work. Because although He’s the Rock (Deut. 32:4) and the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8), He’s also the God who does a new thing (Isa. 43:19) and makes all things new (Rev. 21:5).

He is worthy of what’s big, best and only. Praise Him.

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Heart Burn

“They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32)

A case of heartburn is nothing to be glad about, unless you are on the road to Emmaus. Picture the scene – two people are walking to Emmaus (about seven miles from Jerusalem). Jesus strolls up alongside them, but somehow, they don’t know who He is.

When He asks what they are talking about, they respond (in theory), “Where have you been, man?” So they recap the latest news (which travels by word of mouth, not internet or phone or satellite) about “Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.” (Luke 24:19-20). They tell Him they thought this Jesus would redeem Israel. That it’s been three days, and some women and others went to the tomb and found it empty.

And Jesus basically says, “Oh, THOSE things!” He tells them they are slow of heart to believe what the prophets predicted. That the Christ had to suffer these things and enter glory. Starting with Moses and the prophets, He interpreted Scripture concerning Himself. (Love that.) As they neared Emmaus, they urged this mystery man to stay with them (smart move). When they ate together, they finally realized it was Jesus, but He vanished. And then, and only then, did they realize that their hearts had burned within them while He talked to them on the road.

The prayer here is simple: May our hearts burn within us for Jesus and His word of truth.

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