They were of immense value, and they hung for years on the walls of Solomon's sumptuous palace in the woods. There were 300 shields in all, and each weighed three "minas" (about 10 pounds according to 1 Kings 10:17). They were made of fine gold, and at today's value one of those shields would be worth about $160,000 dollars. Three hundred shields, then, represented a fortune of approximately $50 million dollars. The golden shields might have been to Solomon a symbol of divine protection. The Hebrew word used here for shield is the same as that used in God's promise to Abram. "Do not be afraid, Abram: I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward" (Genesis 15:1). The meaning of the word is strength, protection, defence against an enemy.Solomon's reign ended in decline and there was no improvement in the spiritual condition of Judah during the reign of his son, Rehoboam. "Now Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked Him to jealousy with their sins which they committed, more than all that their fathers had done." (1 Kings 14:22). Their evil included the worshipping of idols in secluded places, the tolerance of homosexual acts, and many other abominations learned from the nations around. It is no surprise therefore to know of the ease with which Egypt's king Shishak invaded Jerusalem, robbing the Temple of its treasures and stripping the walls of Solomon's house of its 300 shields of fine gold.Where were the guardians of the king's domain while this was going on? What happened to the shields? Taken back to Egypt, no doubt, and used for the boastful claim of the enemy's prowess over a weakened people of God. And what did Rehoboam do? Replace the shields? Yes, but not with fine gold. He had shields made of copper, and they did not fill the empty place on the walls of the king's house, but were kept in the chamber of the guards. There is no record of their active use against an enemy (1 Kings 14:25-28); and no attempt appears to have been made to recover the original shields. Such was the debilitated physical and spiritual health of the king and his people.
What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you - guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
2 Timothy 1:13-14