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September 5, 2023

2 Chronicles 9:5
She said to the king, “It was a true report that I heard in my own land of your acts and of your wisdom.

In the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” Marcus Brody, played by actor Denholm Elliott, says the line “my reputation precedes me” when he first meets the character Sallah, who is surprised to see Marcus in Egypt. Marcus says this line to suggest that he’s well-known in academic and archaeological circles, and that Sallah has likely heard about him before. It’s a humorous way to acknowledge his reputation, albeit limited, as an academic and archeologist. I watched this movie with me daughter recently and remembered another encounter of reputation.

     In 2 Chronicles 9:5 an interesting encounter takes place between King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. She heard about Solomon’s wisdom and prosperity and had traveled a great distance to see if the reports were true. After everything she had witnessed, she exclaimed, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true.”

     This verse highlights the impact of a godly reputation and a life lived in accordance with God’s principles. Solomon’s dedication to God’s wisdom and his commitment to justice had become widely known. His example influenced others to seek him and, by extension, the God he served.

      In our lives, how is our reputation impacting the world around us in which we live? We can draw inspiration from Solomon’s story. Our conduct, choices, and character should reflect God’s goodness so that others are drawn to Him through us. Just as the Queen of Sheba sought Solomon, may our lives prompt others to seek the source of our wisdom and blessings—our faith in God. Let our reputations be a testimony to His grace and wisdom.

Tim S

   ’81 / ’99 Middletown NY

Doris Jean H

’44 / ’55 Manheim PA

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