1 Kings 11

1 Kings 11 has Solomon going off the rails and into the weeds.  It is about women, and his inability to be obedient to God’s commandments regarding them.  “King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, You shall not enter into marriage with them”.  It is a pretty clear directive from God – don’t do it.  But Solomon had a weakness and he fell.

He didn’t just do it in a small way either.  “He had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines”.  There is no way to comprehend having 1000 women in ones life.  But Solomon did.  “His wives turned away his heart….his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father”.  Solomon did the one thing God told him not to – “Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord”.  He didn’t follow God but took off following gods from foreign lands and people.  It was a very bad decision on his part.

Is there a price for sin, even for the wisest man in the world?  Yes, and how his wisdom didn’t kick in here and tell him he was going down a wrong path is troubling.  But it shows the power of temptation and how we as humans can lose our way even when we know better.  The outcome is bad – “the Lord was angry with Solomon”.  God has to deal with sin, and he tells Solomon the price for what he has done.  “Since this has been your practice and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes that I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant”.

You may recall that Solomon had lived in relative peace and harmony for many years.  But now some adversaries are beginning to show up, and soon he has people that are preparing to take his kingdom.  “Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years”.  For the most part he had a great run, until he made bad choices and failed to keep God where He belonged, on the throne as the One True God.  Solomon dies and “Rehoboam his son reigned in his place”.  But the future doesn’t look nearly as bright because of the sin of the father Solomon.

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