“When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, which brought honor to the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions.” – 1 Kings 10:1
The queen came for a visit soon after the temple’s completion. She came to learn, she listened to Solomon’s wisdom, and came away with understanding of the covenant-keeping God. As only a royal potentate might see, she realized that God Himself had established the power of Solomon, and the hope that through God’s rulership, there might be justice and righteousness.
Was that an isolated instance?
“People from every nation came to consult him and to hear the wisdom God had given him.” 1 Kings 10:24
The world didn’t honour Solomon for being brainy or clever with court cases. What was one of the lessons in wisdom that Solomon put forth to the world?
“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge” Proverbs 1:7
Solomon was introducing the world to the worship of God as well as the life of wisdom under God.
Solomon had consecrated the temple in a spectacle of unimaginable glory. he had closed that event with a blessing of purpose on the building and nation.