Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and timber of
cedars, with masons and carpenters, to build him an house. 1 Chronicles
By all accounts the great city of Tyre was a commercial hub
of the ancient world. Alleged to have been established around 2750BC by
the Greek historian Herodotus, this Phoenician city was of great
importance despite its small land size.
Flanked by the Mediterranean Sea and Israel on the south, it appears a
good relationship between Tyre and Israel is essential. The wise king
Hiram initiated this relationship with a significant gift which opened
up the relationship which eventually ripened into a long standing treaty
in the time of David’s son Solomon.
Among other things, King
Solomon gave 20 cities to Hiram in the Galilee area. Hiram wasn’t
pleased with the cities; but it must have been a significant improvement
to the land requirement of Tyre especially for food production.
All these became possible because Hiram first gave a gift to David;
there’s no such thing as free lunch or getting something for nothing.
Success is built around people, life is built on relationships; some can
drag you back while others can thrust you forward.
Tyre became a
significant ancient civilisation and the parent city of the ancient
Carthaginian Empire. Take stock today, check the relationships in your
life, thank God for them genuinely and make them count. Some of them may
open unimaginable doors to you.
Receive the grace to cultivate and invest appropriately into the right relationships in Jesus’ name.