2 Chronicles 9:8
Blessed be the LORD your God, who has delighted in you to set you on His throne to be king for the LORD your God. Because your God loved Israel enough to establish them forever, He has made you king over them to carry out justice and righteousness."
Sermons
The Blessing of a Protestant King and Royal Family to TheJohn Donne, D. D.2 Chronicles 9:8
The Divine Appointment of KingsAbp. Potter.2 Chronicles 9:8
Hard QuestionsJ. Parker, D. D.2 Chronicles 9:1-12
Heart CommuningSpurgeon, Charles Haddon2 Chronicles 9:1-12
Solomon in All His GloryW. Clarkson 2 Chronicles 9:1-12
Solomon's Queenly VisitorT. Whitelaw 2 Chronicles 9:1-12
The Queen of Sheba's Visit to SolomonJ. Wolfendale.2 Chronicles 9:1-12
The Queen of Sheba's Visit to SolomonS. Bridge, M. A.2 Chronicles 9:1-12


The Queen of Sheba was completely overwhelmed by what she saw at the court of Jerusalem. When she had seen and heard everything there was to see and hear, "there was no more spirit in her." She was "astonished with a great astonishment." She had not credited what she had been told (ver. 6); but she found that there was a great deal more to find than anything that had been described. What she realized altogether surpassed her anticipation. Her experience was very remarkable of its kind, but in this particular it was by no means exceptional. We have much to do with the unimaginable. It meets us or awaits us in -

I. THE MATERIAL CREATION. What wholly unanticipated wonders have been disclosed by the advance of human science! The men of remote generations had not the faintest notion of the powers we have discovered to reside in the material universe. And what still undiscovered forces await our inquiry and investigation as we patiently plod on in the paths of knowledge! Surely one-half hath not been told us or imagined by us.

II. OUR HUMAN EXPERIENCE. We have our expectation concerning the life that is before us; but it is very little like the reality, as experience will prove. Many things we may picture to ourselves which will find no fulfilment; but many other things there are, of which we have no discernment, that will find their place on the page of our biography. Of these some are unexpected sorrows - losses, disappointments, separations, struggles - of which we can form no idea; others are unanticipated blessings-comforts, relationships, joys, triumphs - exceeding and excelling our hopes. We do not anticipate, for good or evil, one-half of the bright or dark reality.

III. THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD. "Eye had not seen, nor ear heard, nor had it entered into man's heart to conceive" one-half of "what God had prepared for them that love him." No man could or did imagine that such wealth of grace and goodness as that which the gospel of Christ contains would be brought to us by the Anointed of God, would be purchased for us by a Saviour's sacrifice, would be pressed upon us by a heavenly Father's urgent and persistent love.

IV. THE GLORY WHICH IS TO BE REVEALED. In that "land of great distances' we are one day to traverse, in that home of love in which we are soon to dwell, what unimaginable good is in reserve! What joy and what glory; what rest and what activity; what realization and what hope; what knowledge of God and what pursuit of that knowledge; what royalty and what service; what purity and what progress; what unanticipated and inconceivable blessedness to satisfy but not satiate the soul! - C.









Therefore made he thee king over them.
I. THAT PRINCES ARE OF DIVINE APPOINTMENT.

II. THAT WISE AND GOOD RULERS ARE A SIGNAL MARK OF THE DIVINE LOVE AND FAVOUR TO ANY NATION.

III. THE DESCRIPTION OF THE REGAL OFFICE AND DIGNITY, both in respect of God and of the people.

IV. THAT ON THE ADVANCEMENT OF A PRINCE EMINENTLY QUALIFIED TO SERVE GOD AND HIS COUNTRY WE OUGHT TO BLESS GOD, that is, to return the tribute of praise due to Him.

(Abp. Potter.)

nation: —

I. THAT IT IS GOD WHO MAKETH KINGS, and setteth them on their thrones as His vicegerents to do justice and judgment upon earth.

II. ALL KINGS SHOULD REMEMBER THAT THEY SIT UPON THE THRONE OF THE LORD THEIR GOD, of whom the Psalmist says, that righteousness and judgment are the habitation of His seat. They must therefore be good and just, ruling in His fear, and after His example.

(John Donne, D. D.)

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