1 Kings 10:14-29
When Solomon prayed for wisdom, God promised that he would not only be wise, but wealthy as well. Verse 24 tells us that all the world sought Solomon’s wisdom and verse 25 says they brought him gifts. We are also told that 666 talents of gold came in every year besides what came from merchants and traders. That is almost 25 tons every year! The kingdom was so wealthy that they made cups out of gold. The Bible says silver was considered of little value and as common as stones!! Truly God blessed Solomon and his people.
However, all of this wealth gathering was a sign of problems to come. The last part of this chapter says that the king built up huge numbers of horses, specifically from Egypt. But why is that a big deal? Because in the law that Moses gave to the people there was a section specifically for kings. In that law (Deuteronomy 17:16) God specifically tells king not build up horses. Why? Because horses, are part of armies and armies give us a false sense of protection. The king might begin to rely on himself and his army instead of God. By collecting horses Solomon was breaking God’s rules and when we break one, it is easier to break another!
How does one little fib open the door to more lies and deception? (Lies to cover up the fib)