Divrei Hayamim II – Nine: Queen of Sheba

The Queen of Sheba comes to visit King Solomon, having heard of his wisdom and deciding that she needed to see for herself if it was true. “But I did not believe their words until I came and saw with my own eyes, and behold, not half of your abundant wisdom was told me; you have [wisdom] in excess of the report that I heard (Chronicles II 9:6).” The Queen wasn’t willing to rely on rumors, and instead needed to see and investigate for herself. I think this is a teachable moment about determining our own opinions. So often, it’s easy to take other people’s reports as a matter of course and to determine our own thought and feelings completely based on feedback from others. Sometimes that’s okay, but in general, I support Sheba’s approach of taking the time to be thorough and explore the reality for herself before jumping to conclusions. I’d like to mirror her methods and spend more time seeing situations firsthand rather than reading or hearing about them and assuming I know the truth.

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