Proverbs 18:16 says, “A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men”
The Hebrew word translated “gift” means a “present” that one person gives to another. The NIV translates it this way, “A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.” This verse describes what happens when you support a ministry.
King Solomon asked God for a very unselfish thing, wisdom, so that he could be a good king. Not only did God give him what he asked for, but He also gave him what he didn’t ask for and made him exceedingly rich. Everything he had was made of gold, and they didn’t even use silver; it was just thrown in the streets (1 Kin. 10:21). That’s pretty rich.
In 1 Kings, chapter 10:1-3, we read, “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. And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and when she was to come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not anything hid from the king, which he told her not.”
She was so overwhelmed by Solomon’s kingdom and wisdom that it actually took her breath away (1 Kin. 10:4-5). She gave the King 120 talents of gold. That’s 145,000 ounces and at today’s cost would be about $44,000,000. That doesn’t include the great stores of spice, an abundance of which had never been seen before, and precious stones. It wasn’t her skill, talent, or ability but her huge gift that put her at the front of the line. Still, her gift was only 10% of the gold Solomon received annually.
1 Kings 10:13 says, “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.” She left richer. Knights exist to give presents. Presents pour back to us, to turn around and make more room. Stand with us, add your present and watch the bounty from King Jesus enrich us all even more.
For information on joining the Knights of Columbus / St. Bonaventure Council No. 12240, contact
Grand Knight Jude Hodges (954) 235-4524 [email protected]lsouth.net.
Membership Director Joe Cox (954) 614-3209 [email protected]