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The Queen of Sheba and Nineveh

August 11, 2017

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The Queen of Sheba and Nineveh

We might be judged  by the Queen of Sheba  and the people  of Nineveh.      I wonder what they will say  about us.

2 Chronicles 9:1-12  tells the story  of the Queen of Sheba’s visit  to King Solomon  and how she  blessed the LORD  when she realized  His power.

The book  of Jonah  tells the story  of the Ninevites  who repented  with fasting  and sackcloth  when Jonah preached  to them.     They had been  a very wicked people,  but turned  to God  for forgiveness  and put their whole hope  in the Lord.

When we search  for the LORD  to see what He is all about  —  as the Queen of Sheba did  —  God will bless us  with the knowledge  of His salvation  in Jesus Christ.     But  —  we must make the “trip”.     We must put forth  the effort  to search  and find out  for ourselves  just how great  the LORD is.     We need  to care  about the truth  like the Queen of Sheba did  in order  to fully appreciate  God’s eternal power.

When we see  how cruddy we are  in the filthiness  of our sins,  we need  to be like the Ninevites  and quickly turn  to the LORD  in a true repentance.     Our repentance needs  to be a turning away  from our sins.     Repentance makes  a conscious effort  to live  as a child of God  should live.

When Jesus showed the people  the grave importance  of their repentance,  faith in God,  and desire  to know God,  He said it  like this  in  Luke 11:31-32,

The Queen  of the South  shall rise up  with the men  of this generation  at the judgment  and condemn them,  because  she came  from the ends of the earth  to hear the wisdom  of Solomon;  and behold,  something greater  than Solomon  is here.

The men  of Nineveh  shall stand up  with this generation  at the judgment  and condemn it,  because they repented  at the preaching  of Jonah;  and behold,  something greater  than Jonah  is here.

We have that ”something greater”  that the Queen of Sheba  and the Ninevites  did not have.

We have the knowledge  of Jesus Christ coming  to this earth  exactly as prophesied  for thousands of years.     We have  all the proof  anyone ever needs  to show,  without a doubt,  that our Savior,  Jesus is truly Lord and God  over all.     He is our only hope  of salvation  and eternal life.

So,  what are we going to do  about it?

Hopefully,  we will think this over  and put forth the efforts needed  to care  and learn more,  as the Queen did.     Hopefully,  we will change our ways,  as the Ninevites did.     Then we will be saved  just as they were saved.

It’s easy  to want  to put off repentance  and  a search  for the truth  of God.     It’s easy  because people are afraid  of looking weak  in the eyes  of others.     One has to give up pride.     And,  it takes time  to search the Bible  in an effort  to get to know  what God has done  and what He expects  of us.     People are afraid  of what God expects  from them  —  which is faith,  hope  and love.

But we need  to get a grip  on the reality  of our situation  and do something  about it.     When Paul talked  about sins  and repentance,  he asked the Roman Christians  in  Romans 2:4,

Do you think lightly  of the riches  of His kindness  and forbearance  and patience,  not knowing  that the kindness  of God  leads you  to repentance?

Let us not think lightly  of God’s love  and patience  towards us.     The Queen of Sheba  and the Ninevites  took God’s word seriously.     So should we.

As we appreciate God’s love,  power,  and forgiveness,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     The LORD is  so good!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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