June 11, 2019

King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. 2They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. 3He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. 4As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 5He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. 6So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done. (1 Kings 11:1-6, NIV)

 

1 KINGS 10-13

DAY 165: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR

Focus Verses For Today: 1 King 11:1-6

King Solomon was the wisest man to ever live on the earth; yet, he wasn’t wise enough to obey the Lord God.

 

Ask God for His understanding of 1 Kings 10-13. Read 1 Kings 10-13. Let’s journey!

 

Chapters 10 through 11 tell a sad story. They tell how King Solomon bathed in admiration of others as he developed a taste for the finer things in life. They also tell the story of a man, the wisest man who ever lived, losing his way and disobeying God. A disobedience that would result in a divided kingdom beginning with his son's, Rehoboam, reign continuing through the fall of Jerusalem. Solomon dies after ruling Judah for 40 years. (1 Kings 10:1-11:43)

 

Chapter 12 and 13 tells how Rehoboam’s heartless attitude toward the people allowed Jeroboam to take control of the 10 northern tribes, known as Israel. Rehoboam, King Solomon’s son, was left with only the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. After God handed the northern kingdom over to Jeroboam, he feared the people would return to Rehoboam, so he made false gods, golden calfs, for them to worship setting the stage for a kingdom ruled by kings who did not honor the true God. (1 Kings 12:1-13:34)

 

Our focus verses today:

 

King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. 2They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. 3He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. 4As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 5He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. 6So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done. (1 Kings 11:1-6, NIV)

 

God didn’t ask for perfection. He knew that as wise as Solomon was, that Solomon, like the rest of us, was a sinner. Unlike King David, Solomon’s father, King Solomon promoted idol worship, constructing approximately 300 temples in high places to false gods. The wisest man in the world appears to have engaged in idol worship. Solomon’s father, King David was a sinner like us all. King David recognized his sin and sought God’s forgiveness for his sin. Unlike King Solomon, King David sought God’s approval in what he had done, not the approval of man, i.e., the Queen of Sheba, and other world leaders of that time. Sadly, King Solomon placed heavy financial burdens on the people he governed to pay for the construction of temples to false gods. Rather than leading his people to the God of Israel as the only true God, he patronized false gods off the backs of his subjects. Flattery is a dangerous thing.

 

Godspeace!

 

  

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