After digging through the book of Ecclesiastes, we return to 1 Kings. The chapter starts with the story of the Queen of Shea coming to Solomon and asking him questions about his kingdom.
“King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for, besides what he had given her out of his royal bounty. Then she left and returned with her retinue to her own country.” – 1 Kings 10:13
And this ends the visit of Sheba to Solomon.
“The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents…” 1 Kings 10:14
The Bible spends more time discussing Solomon’s riches than it does ending slavery.
“Twelve lions stood on the six steps, one at either end of each step. Nothing like it had ever been made for any other kingdom.” – 1 Kings 10:20
Yes, we get it. This is a great, rich kingdom, but tell us more how slavery is immoral please.
“Solomon accumulated chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses, which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.” – 1 Kings 10:26
Yes, that is a lot of horses, but what about rape? Is raping women wrong or is it still okay if you marry the woman after?
This chapter entirely focuses on Solomon’s riches. The number of Bible chapters discussing how rich God’s favorites are far exceed the number of chapters teaching us how to be moral people.
Coming Soon: 1 Kings – Chapter 11: Solomon’s Wives