Applications from 1 Kings
The Story: 1 Kings 9:10-28
This passage is a segway from Solomon’s building into accounts of the remainder of his reign. The main sections we read here concern: (1) his financial alliance with King Hiram (vv. 10–14), (2) his forced labor plan (vv. 15–25), and (3) his shipping fleet to Ophir (vv. 26–28).
Trade, 1 Kings 9:26-28
Solomon and Hiram together worked up a navy of ships to transport goods to and from Israel. Israel no doubt had things others could use. Others had things Israel needed and wanted. With these ships early international trades were established.
Notes about this trade:
- Solomon’s manpower was taking care of things locally-thus, jobs were not being outsourced.
- Solomon was not importing items that could be found in Israel.
- In fact, it seems that Solomon was mainly exporting as his ships brought back payment.
While Solomon is in no way a perfect ruler, it seems he did experience successes that today’s rulers could learn from.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
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