Thursday, January 27, 2011

Solomon's Downfall

When we visited Solomon last he was asking God for wisdom to deal with His people wisely. What a wise King! At first he was single focused. He was running the race without looking sideways or backwards. Like Paul Harvey used to say, “then there’s the rest of the story”…

Solomon Turns from the Lord

1 Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, 2 from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. 3 He had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. 4 For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. 5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6 So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and did not wholly follow the Lord, as David his father had done. 7 Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Molech the abomination of the Ammonites, on the mountain east of Jerusalem. 8 And so he did for all his foreign wives, who made offerings and sacrificed to their gods.

1 Kings 11:1-8 (ESV)

In other words, Solomon straddled the fence. He served God “a little” and served the idols “a little more”.

Solomon broke God’s heart. God was and is very clear, no fence straddling! Either serve Him with our whole hearts or not at all. Tomorrow we are going to talk about those “other God’s”

Do you and I love with our entire hearts? Something to think about.

In Christ Alone,

Jill

Jiller

"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up"

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