Everything King Solomon does seems excessive to me. I don’t pretend to understand why his abundance of precious jewels and gold and enormous structures was ok. I’m just gonna roll with it. The imported apes and peacocks in verse 22, though, made me think, where is all this stuff coming from??? Solomon’s kingdom obviously was not the only kingdom that was flourishing. The Queen of Sheba even brought quite a load. I wonder what kinds of spices were in those gift bags! And I wonder where the sandalwood came from! This chapter gives us a few hints that Jerusalem wasn’t the only territory that was developing, and that’s the part I find most fascinating. It leads me to have dozens of other questions about the rest of the world, and it makes me think about how we have come to be in this modern day. Such diversity. So many things to ponder. Yet, I’m finding it hard to write much more about it today. Maybe you can help.
Writing prompt: world development
Write about what you think was going on in the kingdoms around Jerusalem during these times.