05.05.2018 Old Testament: 1Ki 10.14–15
To read the Bible in a year, read First Kings 10–11 on May 5, In the year of our Lord 2018
By Don Ruhl
The Lord asked Solomon what he wanted and the Lord would give it. Solomon asked for a understanding and discerning heart that he might have the ability to rule Israel. For that wise and unselfish request, the Lord promised to give what Solomon requested, and to give him wealth, for which Solomon did not ask. The following passage provides a glimpse into the wealth of Solomon,
The weight of gold that came to Solomon yearly was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold, besides that from the traveling merchants, from the income of traders, from all the kings of Arabia, and from the governors of the country (1 Kings 10.14–15).
A talent of gold weighed about 75 pounds! A pound of gold equals about 14.58 troy ounces. That means one talent equaled 1,093.5 troy ounces. Currently gold sells for $1,400 per troy once, which means further that Solomon’s annual revenue in gold alone equaled $1,019,579,400 by my calculations (Please correct if I got this wrong).
The passage above let us know that he received revenue from other sources as well. Did the Lord keep His promise to Solomon. If the Lord promised to make me materialistically wealthy, and only gave me 100th of that amount, I would consider myself exceedingly wealthy.
Here is the thing: Regardless of the size of the Lord’s promises, and even if we cannot figure out how He will keep them, He will do so. The first one that comes to my mind is the promise of forgiveness. What evil have we done? The Lord will forgive it, if we truly repent.
- If the Lord blessed you with incredible material wealth, would it change you?
- If not, why do you think so?