Ever wonder why King Solomon was criticized for trading horses in Deuteronomy 17:16?
Because horses were mainly used for chariots, the ancient equivalent of modern day tanks. In other words, what surfaces here is nothing more than a tenth-century BC arms race. Because Solomon had bred the horses he obtained from Egypt, and traded them to neighboring countries to profit, namely the Hittites and Syria, he provided them with the means to attack and conquer Israel and Judah in later years.
Some biblical scholars claim that Deuteronomy was written by Moses around 1400 BC, while others believe it was written nine hundred years later after the Israelites were freed from Babylonian conquest and exile to return to Israel.
When we consider the news of the recent past about the conflicts in the Middle East, King Solomon’s writings in Ecclesiastes appear to be as prophetic today as they have been throughout history. Nothing is new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9) For what will the man do who is to come after the King? What men have already done. (Ecclesiastes 2:12)
ISIS is using the weapons and dollars captured in Northern Iraq that were supplied by the US to be used to defend Iraq.
The US supplied armaments to Afghanistan rebels to combat the Russian invasion. Osama Bin Laden learned how to use these weapons.
The European and USA manufacturers of weapons have been selling armaments to the Middle East in exchange for oil.
The nuclear bomb technology stolen from the US after WWII is now a threat to the entire world especially if it is ever obtained by extreme terrorists or nations with ideologies to destroy perceived enemies even if they purposely kill themselves in the act.
However, life’s reality is that weapons are a vital means for defense today, same as they were in ancient times. Sometimes the best laid plans, well-meant intentions, or a means to profit, will backfire and bite a person in their backside.
King Solomon profited in the short term by trading arms same as many countries are doing today. So what is the answer or point of the controversy of trading horses in ancient times or arms today? It is that King Solomon’s Ecclesiastes prophecy has proven to be true. This will sadly continue in every new generation as in the past, until we all somehow wise up, stop killing each other, and use all the resources our Creator gave us under the sun to provide means to promote life instead of death.
As for King Solomon, I wonder what he would have to say about the wisdom of US foreign aid in regards to our present policy to supply men and arms in the Middle East supposedly as a defense for the US. While at the same time having absolutely no control of US borders and visas in spite of a potential threat of a nuclear dirty bomb.
Some news commentators and politicians are now advising Obama to rush the US into another full scale involvement of men and arms in order to police the world while at the same time continue to ignore policing our own borders. Are they wise of foolish? You can decide with your vote in the next election.
In the next sixty days, you might also want to ask Congress how they intend to vote on the Iran Nuclear agreement that also allows Iran to purchase more new modern weapons. Do you think perhaps the weapons will someday be used against us same as King Solomon’s horses were used by the Babylonians who later invaded and conquered Israel. Babylonia by the way is the same mideast territory now known as Iran.
Wikepedia, Ten Commandments
Thou shalt not Kill HERE
Wikipedia, Book of Deuteronomy HERE
Bible Verses about Multiplying Horses HERE
King Solomon on Foreign Aid HERE
As a Lily Among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom by Rudy U Martinka.
In a novel, I surmised what Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba, may have said to King Solomon based on his writings referenced below. The novel is a contemporary application of a story form to promote understanding of proverbs and ancient wise sayings in relation to modern times.