When you drive through the heart of the state of Kentucky, you drive through horse country. Large houses and attractive barns are surrounded by lush, green pastures fenced by white or black boards. Thoroughbred horses graze on the grass or exercise in private paddocks. The grandeur of some horse farms is truly amazing. The cost to own and train a horse, especially for racing, can soar into the tens of thousands of dollars per year.
Horses have long been a symbol of wealth and power. In ancient times, they were also key to military might. The richest king in the history of Israel amassed tremendous wealth, including horses. 1 Kings 10:26 says, “Solomon accumulated chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses, which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.” (NIV)
Archaeologists have uncovered some of Solomon’s stables at Megiddo, a strategically located city along the major north-south trade route. The southern stable compound covered more ground than an American-style football field. In the center, a cistern was sunk capable of holding 2,775 gallons of water. The compound included two large storage rooms which probably housed chariots. The stables contained stalls for 150 horses.*
Archaeology continues to provide us reasons to believe the bible. Trust what it says.
*Paul E. Little, Know Why You Believe, (Downers Grove, Illinois: Inter-Varsity Press, 1968), 52-53.
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