2 Chronicles 8-9  So wise and yet so far!


We have been studying 1, 2 Chronicles here on Wed nights for the last several months – making our way thru the OT.

A) Written to a remnant of Israel that has just returned to Jerusalem after 70 yrs in Babylonian Captivity.


B) They have come back to a Jerusalem- the capital city of IsraelJerusalem is in ruins – walls torn down / temple destroyed.


C) They Have the task of rebuilding – The writer who is probably Ezra is writing 1st and 2nd Chronicles to encourage them in that task 


D) It is a big task – but He is a bigger God / They are few / But one with God is a majority

1) They are weak – But God is able to do great things in & thru the lives of weak pp who put their trust in Him!


The focus in these two letters has been to Chronicle the Success of the nation of Judah – when they trusted God.

A) The majority of his time is spent on highlighting the Success of their leaders and spending little time on their failures.


B) We looked at David – been Looking at Solomon – tonight he will finish with Solomon and we will move into other Kings of Judah { Lord used … Revival

C) Which is exactly what they needed at that point.  See the greatness of God and His faithfulness toward those who’s hearts are loyal toward Him

                       RD V.1-6



Solomon reigned for 42 yrs – So this is the ˝ way point in his reign and God is blessing – Kingdom is expanding.

A) Note v.6 All that he desired to Build- There were no restraints – no limits Solomon was able to do all that He desired to do.


B) Praying for – Lord bless us – Provide/ let us do all that we desire to do for your kingdom/ New Property


C)  Solomon has been blessed with great wisdom{ He is using that wisdom to expand the Kingdom is growing – building Cities and accumulating wealth.


D) But Sad to say Solomon would lack the heart of his father David.

1) Heart is really the Compass of the Human being – not the intellect – not wisdom – the heart – Desire and longing


E) David’s heart and desire was always after God.


Now V.7-10 tell us how Solomon continued to expand and put key men in key leadership positions

His wisdom as a LEADER!    Pick up in v.11

11 Now Solomon brought the daughter of Pharaoh up from the City of David to the house he had built for her, for he said, "My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places to which the ark of the LORD has come are holy."


Here the writer makes a quick note of one of the failures in Solomon’s life – He marries a Pagan queen – Pharaoh’s daughter. {Egyptian alliance

A) Solomon had to build her a separate house because she being an unbeliever couldn’t be around that which was holy –


B) Solomon should have got a clue here: What am I doing- Compromise


C) Like a person saying: I am going to take the cross off of the Wall in my TV room – because I like to watch things there the Lord would approve of


And in a very subtle contrast – v.11 is placed in this section that is going to tell us about Solomon’s worship   RD V.12- 13

A) Note the contrast- he moves his wife out because – it was unholy – but then goes right back to his religious practices


B) No doubt this was one of the problems for Solomon at this point in his life his faith was becoming more of a religious exercise rather than a heart devotion.

C) Solomon is going thru the motions – but his heart is not in the same place as we saw earlier of this young man crying out to God


Cc) Calling the pp to follow the word of God

1) Leading the pp in worship of God to the point – GOD SHOWED UP – GLORY


D) Now he is simply going thru the motions – allowing his heart to compromise in areas.


E) Folks – Dear People –My Beloved brothers and sisters / Dudes and Dudettes

1) Take note: We must not allow ourselves to go there.


Shortly after Easter – Love the Lord with …….  Spark –  Ignited a move of God here

A) Lets not go back – lets move forward in our commitment our intensity to seek the Lord – worship Him / Serve Him / Know Him


B) Let this never be about going thru the motions – God deserves so much more than that from us.


C) Solomon is starting to go thru the motions           


                      RDV. 14-18



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’s fame is spreading all over the world – A queen 1500 miles away living in the area of Arabia – hears: What did she here?

A) Richest man alive -  Annual income 1 Billion dollars a year


B) How much is that? -  Listen to some of these stats  Those who have the time to do this type of research

1) If you started counting as fast as you could from the day you were born, and counted NON-STOP, day and night, it would take you 75 years  to count to 1 billion. 


C) IF you were a millionaire you could turn to your wife and say: “honey, I want you to go out and spend $1,000 a day.

1) And I don’t want you to come back until you’ve spent the million. IF she did this, you would not see your wife for three years.


D) Some of the Wives are thinking – let’s test that – 1,000 a day spending spree


E) BUT - If you were a billionaire and said: “Honey, go out and spend $1,000 a day and don’t come back until you’ve spent the billion”, you would not see her for 3,000 years!


That is how much money 1 Billion dollars is – HUGE – This was Solomon’s annual income

A) She no doubt heard – He is the richest man alive –

He is the wisest man alive { Great wisdom


B) She no doubt heard the Story of how He built a temple to His God and the Lord descended upon it in a visible way: Fire / Glory

1) Tangible Seen and Felt – which is way more than she could ever say about one of her gods.


C) So she says to herself – I have got to see this – I have got to find out if this is really true – So she travels 1500 miles on the Back of a camel

1) 1500 miles thru the hot desert to come and see Solomon – Ask him some tough questions.


D) Here is what is interesting: Matthew 12 we read of a time in the life of Jesus – Scribes & Pharisees Skeptical of Him – Show us a sign

1) Prove to us that you are who you say you are.


Matthew 12:39-4239 But He answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  41 The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.  42 The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here. 


Jesus condemns them for their unbelief and unwillingness to hear him by commending The queen of Sheba

A) She was willing to travel so far to listen to the wisdom of Solomon.


B) A greater than Solomon was in their midst{ Jesus

1) The one who gave Solomon his wisdom was available to them – accessible to them


C) Think about this she traveled 1500 miles to meet with Solomon.

1) We can simply travel to our prayer closet to meet with Jesus.


D) He is readily available to meet with us / hear us


James 1:5   If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally {freely graciously- no strings attached} and without reproach, {without resentment} and it will be given to him.

Shame on us for running to others for wisdom and not running to God

A) We need to run to Him and be willing to wait for an answer.


B) See that is my problem: I know that if I go to God I might not receive an answer right away:

1) He wants me to wait on Him – diligently seek him

2) Quiet my heart to hear his voice –


C) I know that if I run to one of my friends I will get an answer right away.


D) Yesterday: Wrestling with a dilemma  - I thought of 3-4 of my Pastor friends I could call. - 

1) Devos –The Lord gently said – What about me -  Right! – Prayer walk


E) Still praying still waiting – but the Lord has quieted my heart – I know the answer is coming.

1) The Queen of Sheba was willing to travel 1500 miles on the back of a Camel – a trip that probably took 75 days to see Solomon


2) I think I can wait a little while on He who is greater than Solomon.


F) My Jesus who says come to me!


                             RD v. 2-4


She was impressed ! By what?

A) The Food / The Service of His servants – V.7 How they served with such Joy!


B) Their Apparel / the Entry way { The whole thing took her breath away


C) You know I think that this is what needs to happen when pp come to a Church.

{ They should be impressed


Impressed with the Food that is served: The Bible Study { Try to make it good / relevant

A) When pp come here it is not to be entertained – not to see a show or a production –


B) They need to sense there is something deeper here that is taking place

1) Group of pp gathered here because we believe that God is real – Knowable


C) Given us His word – Love letter – Not just words on a page – ALIVE –

Profitable for teaching / Reproof / Correction / training in righteousness Complete / Equipped


D) We have gathered – Lord speak to us – Cut us – Let your word have its way with us. - 

1) That impacts people!


I think they should be impressed by servants Serving w/ Joy!

A) They see us – worship and in service – Privilege God would choose to use me at all. Greet / Park Cars / Clean a toilet / teach class / worship


B) I think they should be impressed by our apparel – Neat –

1) Expectations: I would wear shorts and Flip flops all year long


C) Suits at Easter in the Park – Steve: No one offended if you do – But there might be those who are offended if you don’t


D) We are pretty Casual here in CCV / in So. Cal – But you can take that too far.


E) Entryway: Things presentable – That has to be a focus!


She was impressed by Everything wow!    RD V. 5-9


What great insight she has here: God did this because He loved Israel

A) He has given them you to be King and blessed you in this way because He Loved them


B) Solomon needed to remember this: God’s glory in focus – not Solomon’s

Bb) All that He was given was a direct result of God’s love for Him and His love for Israel


C) We need to remember that as well. Your gifts / your talents / your resources –

1) All because – He loves you and loves – His pp


D) What He has given you He wants you to use to bless others.

1) To use it otherwise or simply for ourselves is a waste of a gift.


Great insight from the queen of Sheba -  RD V.10-12


Now V. 13-28 give us a sort of summary Break down of Solomon’s wealth { Not read – quick break down

A) V.13 The weight of gold that came to him annually 666 talents of gold

Odd #


V.14 – Created toll roads for merchants traveling thru the Middle East = More revenue


V.15 He made these large Shields that would cover the whole body made of Solid gold – valued at 400,000 a piece


V.16-19 Huge throne made of ivory covered with gold and images of lions on either side.


There was no other King in any kingdom that had a throne as ornate or as expensive as Solomon.

A) Here is what is really interesting God has NOT

chosen to be enthroned upon an ivory throne,

covered in gold.


B) He has chosen to be enthroned upon our praises!!

  Psalm 22:3


C) We sing – He settles – He is enthroned in that

1) Isn’t that reason enough to lift up our praises to Him


C) Be a throne builder!!


Skip down to v.25

25 Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem.


Multiplying Horses / gold/  wives{ Solomon don’t


RD V.26-31


Now the Chronicler doesn’t go into a lot of detail about Solomon’s failings – He leaves us here

A) But we know from the book of ECCl – that although Solomon was Successful, wealthy, extravagant, yet none the less, He was miserable.


When we get into the Book of Ecclesiastes we will see from Solomon’s own pen, that during THIS time of incredible prosperity, he was filled with emptiness.




A) He had wealth, education, pleasure and power and found that none of it could make him happy


WEALTH - Andrew Carnegie: “Millionaires seldom smile”


PLEASURE -  Lord Byron: He lived for pleasure, but at the end of his life he said: “The worm, the canker, grief are all mine and mine alone”


EDUCATION - Voltaire: One of the greatest philosophers said, “I wish I had never been born”


POWER - Alexander the Great: At the age of 30 he conquered the world. He sat and wept that there are no more worlds to conquer. Shortly after he died.


Solomon – Greater than all of them combined – Said – It is all Vanity.

A) What happened to Solomon? Simple Solomon didn’t heed the words that he wrote in Proverbs 4:23


Proverbs 4:23

Keep your heart with all diligence,

For out of it spring the issues of life.”


Prov 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.   NLT

Solomon didn’t do that – He didn’t heed his own advice { He didn’t guard his heart

A) He wasn’t careful with his affections


Aa) Jesus said of the religious leaders – they honor me with their mouths but their hearts are far


B) They played lip service to God.


C) They were affectionate about the Laws of God and all their rules – but not the God of the Law


Solomon had a similar problem – He started off having a loyal heart toward God

A) Solomon became sidetracked by his Success


B) In Solomon’s life – that which was meant to be the means became the END


C) In the Beginning the End of Solomon the goal was to Know God –

1) And faithfully Serve God by taking care of his People.


D) God blessed Solomon with great resources and success – that enabled him to do that Job more effectively


But in the 2nd half of Solomon’s life – That which was meant to be the means – Became his end – His Focus

A) A pursuit For More

B) He began to multiply Gold - / Women / horses


C) As He grew in those areas – His heart became hard

1) His affections sidetracked –


He became like the rich fool in Luke’s gospel – lots of stuff – But heart was not rich toward God


Where is happiness found?

Psalm 16:11

You will show me the path of life;

In Your presence is fullness of joy;

At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.


NOTE: Here is the problem. All of us think that happiness is right around the corner.


A little more of this or that and I’ll be happy. If I just had a different husband or wife I would be happy.


Solomon was at the TOP and had no where else to go.


              1,000 wives.... Vanity


              He had money 1 Billion ..... Vanity


               He had parties.... Vanity


              He had power.... Vanity


              He had intellect.... Vanity

It was at the end of his life that he finally turned to the Lord. It was from that point forward that he referred to himself as “the preacher.”

A) End of his days – Warning ……


B) His life is an incredible example to us – of the riches that are available for the heart that is loyal.

1) God bless you – He gets glory

2) God GIFT YOU – You can bless others


C) His life is also a great warning to us –

1) Finish well – a good 1st half doesn’t matter – what will be remembered is the 2nd ˝


Close tonight the Lord I think would have us consider:

A) Search our hearts – Area’s began to compromise

Confess it


B) Has out worship become Religious ritual instead of heart devotion. { Call out to Him – Ignite passion


C) Are you in need of wisdom – A greater than Solomon bids you to come –