The queen of the south will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and look – something greater than Solomon is here! Matthew 12:42 HCSB
It is amazing to watch the cell phone advertisements. One of the first smart phones was the Apple iPhone. With each new version there was increased advertising enthusiasm about what the new phone could do and how much better and greater it was than the previous version. People would pre-order the phones and stand in long lines for hours just to get the newer and better phone. Now there are other smart phones on the market and the competitor’s advertisements are always trying to provide a case that their phone is better than the iPhone. There always seems to be something bigger and better coming soon whether it is a phone, television, car, etc.
The queen of the south most likely referred to the queen of Sheba (see 1 Kings 10:1-10). She heard of the wisdom of King Solomon and traveled a great distance to hear the wisdom of this man. Verse 7 proclaims that Solomon’s wisdom far exceeded what she expected. Solomon had been given great wisdom from God, but it did not hold a candle to the wisdom of Jesus Christ. His wisdom was and is far greater than Solomon’s.
Challenge: If the wisdom of Solomon is inferior to Jesus’ wisdom, then we should seek wisdom from the teachings of Jesus. Many of the people who heard Jesus did not recognize Him as a person of great wisdom and rejected Him and His message. Do not make the same mistake. Something better is here! Spend time learning about Jesus and understanding His great teachings. Pray for wisdom in every situation you face.