Sermon #     78                                  Luke Sermons


     Title:                Behold, A Greater

                        Than Solomon is Here!

     Text:            Luke 11:31

     Subject:       The Queen of Sheba’s Condemnation of Unbelievers

     Date:            Sunday Evening – March 14, 2002

     Tape #         W-96a

     Readings:     Buddy Daugherty & James Jordan



Here is a poem I often read to myself when I am preparing a message for you. I keep it in the back of my Bible and frequently read it silently, as a prayer to God just before I stand up to preach. It was written a long, long time ago by another preacher – Francis Havergal.


Lord, speak to me that I may speak

In living words of Thy grace;

As Thou sought me, so let me seek

Thine elect sons of every race.


Lord, Oh, lead me that I may lead

The wandering and the wavering feet;

Feed me, Lord, that I may feed

Others with Thy manna sweet.


Lord, strengthen me that as I stand

Firm on the Rock and strong in Thee,

I may stretch out a loving hand

To weary ones on a troubled sea.


Oh, teach me, Lord, that I may teach

The precious truth Thou dost impart,

And bless my words that they may reach

The hidden depths of another heart.


Supply my needs, O gracious Lord,

That I may give to those in need;

I long to show along life’s road

My love not only in Word but in deed.


Oh, use me, Lord, even me,

Just as you will and when and where,

Until Thy blessed face I see,

Thy rest, Thy joy, and Thy glory there.


That is my prayer to God as I deliver my message tonight. My text is Luke 11:31.


(Luke 11:31)  "The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here."


Proposition: Our Lord’s doctrine here is crystal clear.—Unbelief is inexcusable.


He tells us that the Queen of the South, the Queen of Sheba, shall rise from the dead, and stand as a witness against this generation (those who see and hear the things you see and hear) at the day of judgment, and that by her example and practices she will condemn you who stoutly refuse to believe on him. She will stand in the day of judgment to declare the justice of your everlasting condemnation.


For she came from the uttermost parts of the earth,” from a far away country to Jerusalem, expending great trouble, time, and money, “to hear the wisdom of Solomon.” This woman, who was a Gentile, came all that great distance to hear Solomon’s wisdom “concerning the name of the Lord.”


And behold, a greater than Solomon is here.”—The Lord Jesus Christ is infinitely greater than Solomon. Yet, you ignore him. He is distinctly greater than Solomon in those very things in which Solomon excelled above all other men.


·        In Wisdom, for Christ is the Wisdom of God!

·        In Riches, for He possesses all things.

·        In Peace, for He is the Prince of Peace!

·        In Dominion, for He is the King of kings and Lord of lords!


Let’s go back to 1 Kings 10 and see what the Lord is teaching us in this verse. Clearly, the Queen of Sheba is held before us as an example of the way in which sinners ought to come to Christ seeking the wisdom of God in him, applying their hearts to wisdom, seeking God’s salvation.


(1 Kings 10:1)  "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."


1. This woman "heard of the fame of Solomon." By one means or another, she heard about Solomon.


·        She heard from others that God had given Solomon a wise and understanding heart (1 Kings 3:5-14; 4:29-30).


(1 Kings 4:29-30)  "And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. (30) And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt."


·        She heard great reports concerning his acts, his wisdom, and concerning the wealth and glory of his kingdom (1 Kings 10:4-6).


2. Like the Queen of Sheba, you have heard of one infinitely greater than Solomon. You have heard the report of God’s own Word concerning the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:6-11; Gal. 4:4-5; Isa. 7:14; Isa. 9:6).


(Romans 5:6-11)  "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (7) For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. (8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (9) Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (10) For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (11) And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement."


(Galatians 4:4-5)  "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (5) To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons."


·        His Eternal Deity and Redemptive Glory (Heb. 1:1-5).


(Hebrews 1:1-5)  "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, (2) Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; (3) Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; (4) Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. (5) For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?"


·        His Mediatorial Wisdom and Sovereign Power (Col. 1:16-19).


(Colossians 1:16-18)  "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. (18) And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence."


·        His Substitutionary Death and Blood Atonement (Rom. 8:1-4).


(Romans 8:1-4)  "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (2) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (3) For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: (4) That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."


·        As Paul told Festus, "These things were not done in a corner" (Acts 26:25-26).


(1 Kings 10:1-2)  "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. (2) And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart."


Hearing the things she did about Solomon, the Queen of Sheba came to see him and hear him for herself. She took the right course; she came directly to Solomon.


This is what I call you to do. Come to Christ. Come directly to him. Do not be satisfied with only hearing of Him (Matt. 11:28-30; John 7:37-39; John 6:37-39). “Behold, a greater than Solomon is here!


(Matthew 11:28-30)  "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."


(John 6:37-39)  "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. (38) For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. (39) And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day."


(John 7:37-39)  "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. (38) He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (39) (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)"


Someone once asked his pastor, "Please write down in black and white what I am to believe. There are so many texts; give me one to read and believe." The pastor replied, "It is not any one text nor any number of texts that save, anymore than a man-slayer could be saved by reading the sign posts on the road to the city of refuge. He must go to and enter the city. Salvation is in Christ and in coming to him. When a man is thirsty, he is not satisfied by studying the well, but by drinking (John 6:53-57-, Col. 1:27; Gal. 4:1-9).


The queen came to prove Solomon with many hard questions. She “communed with him all that was in her heart." She asked questions she could not answer and others could not answer, but Solomon could.


Behold, a greater than Solomon is here!”—Christ is the Wisdom of God. He is Wisdom. Christ is the Truth. If you would know God and the mysteries of redemption and grace, salvation and eternal life, ask Christ (Luke 10:22; John 1:18) the great and hard questions that confuse you.  He will answer. Indeed, he has answered them.


·        How can a man be just with God? How can he be clean that is born of woman? (Rom. 3:19-23)

·        How can God be just and justifier? (Rom. 3:24-26)

·        How can a man be born when he is old? (John 3:4-8)

·        If a man die, shall he live again? (John 11:25-27)

·        How is it that God sees and knows all things, yet does not see  and does not remember our sins? (Heb. 10:11-17)

·        All Old Testament prophecies, pictures, types, and sacrifices point to someone and to some great event. Who is He? (Luke 24:44-47; Acts 10:43)


(Luke 24:44-47)  "And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. (45) Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, (46) And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: (47) And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem."


(Acts 10:43)  "To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins."


(1 Kings 10:3)  "And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not."


"And Solomon told her all her questions." As a type and picture of our blessed Lord, "there was not anything hid from the King" (John 3:34-35"). “Behold, a greater than Solomon is here!


(John 3:34-35)  "For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. (35) The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand."


(1 Kings 10:4-7)  "And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had built, (5) And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her. (6) And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. (7) Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard."


When the queen had seen Solomon's wisdom, the house he had built, his riches and devotion, she was utterly astonished. She was like one in an ecstatic trance. She hardly had power to speak because what she saw and heard simply overwhelmed her.


She said to the King, "What they told me about you was true. But it did not compare to what I have seen and heard for myself! Not even the half was told me Your wisdom and prosperity exceed everything I thought and everything I heard. It was not until I came and saw that I really believed."


Bear me witness, my brothers and sisters.—“Behold, a greater than Solomon is here!”—Though we heard of Christ's love, mercy, grace, and glory, it was not until we came to him ourselves, it was not until we trusted him for ourselves that we saw and experienced in him the wisdom and power and glory of God (Job 42:1-6; Isa. 6:1-4;  John 1:1-4). We stand amazed (Is it not so?) in the presence of our all-glorious Lord and Savior, realizing that it is impossible to put into words the riches of His grace and glory (2 Cor. 12:2-4).


(1 Kings 10:8)  "Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom."


Behold, a greater than Solomon is here!”—Let me tell you this. Those who belong to Christ are truly blessed! O Blessed Son of God, “Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom!”


"Blessed is the man whom thou chooseth" (Psalm 65:4) "Blessed is the man whose sin is covered" (Psalm 32:1-2). "Blessed are the eyes that see and the ears that hear" (Matt. 13:16). "Blessed is the man whose delight is in the Lord" (Psalm 1:1-3). Blessed are those who know Him, love Him, and dwell by faith in Him.


(1 Kings 10:9)  "Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice."


The Queen of Sheba blessed the Lord God Who delighted in Solomon, Who put him on the throne of Israel to exercise judgment and mercy.


Behold, a greater than Solomon is here!”—The Father loves the Son and has given "all things" into his hands (John 3:35). The Father delights in the Son and gave him preeminence in all things and over all things (Pro. 8:23-30; Matt. 3:17; Col. 1:18). The Father made Christ the Surety, Prophet, Priest, and King of his Israel because he loved us in Christ with an everlasting love. Christ came to the earth to honor God's law, satisfy god's justice, to do judgment and justice that God may be just and justifier of all who believe (Rom. 3:25-26).


Now, look at verse 13, and let me show you one more thing.


(1 Kings 10:13)  "And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants."


Behold, a greater than Solomon is here!”—I am here to tell you upon the authority of the King’s own Word, as his ambassador to your soul, that the Lord Jesus Christ will receive every sinner who comes to him for grace.


·        He will give you, not of his royal bounty, but all his royal bounty (John 17:22).

·        He will give you all that your soul desires!—Forgiveness!—Righteousness!—Grace!—Eternal Life!


(Matthew 11:28-30)  "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."