KING SOLOMON: THE UGLY

We found that God was angry with Solomon because his foreign wives turned his heart away from the God of Israel. 1 Ki 11: 11 says, “So the Lord said to Solomon, ‘Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.’”

Solomon went from the penthouse to the outhouse because he disobeyed God and His decrees; I think that still happens to us. C.S Lewis said, “There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.” God told Solomon, “All right, then, have it your way” and when that happens the ending is usually not very good. It wasn’t for Solomon; the kingdom was torn from him under his son, Rehoboam’s reign. Only the tribe of Judah remained loyal to the house of David; and had it not been for David’s loyal service to God I think Solomon would have lost the entire kingdom. And from the tribe of Judah the lineage of David continued until the “Son of David” was born and changed the world forever. The remainder of chapter 11 describes a series of adversaries that arose against Solomon and chapter 12 describes Israel’s rebellion against Rehoboam after Solomon’s death.

It’s a shame that the wisest and richest man on earth lost it all in the end because he refused to honor and respect His covenant with God. Another C. S. Lewis quote pretty well sums it up: “Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.”

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