April 25, 2006
Read 1 Kings 9
Warning to Solomon; alliance with King Hiram of
The Lord gave Solomon special privileges far exceeding those of other kings. But the Lord's continued blessings are conditional, as He said to Solomon: If thou wilt walk before Me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do . . . all that I have commanded thee . . . Then I will establish . . . thy kingdom . . . for ever (I Kings 9:4-7).
Did Solomon assume that building the most sacred
Solomon not only chose daughters of foreign kings for his wives, but he encouraged them to worship their idols. This had been expressly forbidden in the Law (18:9-12). There is no indication that Solomon made an effort to encourage any of his wives to worship the One True God. To do this would have interfered with his political agenda, since many of his foreign wives were daughters of kings who would insure peace with their countries. His power, prestige, and wealth eventually became his undoing. We are shocked to read that Solomon eventually went (followed) after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination (detestable idol) of the Ammonites. . . . And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of
What happened to Solomon can happen to all who allow an abundance of "things" to crowd out one's loyalty to the Lord. We are to be content with such things as ye have (Hebrews 13:5).
How solemn is the warning: For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred (wandered) from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (I Timothy 6:10).
9:8 hiss = scoff, ridicule; 9:13 Cabul = unproductive wasteland; 9:15 levy = tax in the form of forced labor; 9:22 bondmen = slaves, forced laborers; 9:24 Millo = a mound of earth raised as a fortress just north of Mt Zion and outside the original city of David; 10:2 train = royal attendants; 10:5 there was no more spirit in her = she was breathless, overwhelmed, amazed; 10:19 stays = armrests; 10:21 nothing accounted of = not considered of value; 10:24 sought to = consulted with; 10:26 bestowed = stationed; 11:1 strange = foreign; 11:5 abomination = horrible, detestable idol; 11:31 rend = tear.
By David who walked before the Lord in integrity of heart (I Kings 9:4). Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man (Luke 2:52).
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Memory Verse for the Week: I Kings 2:3