WEDNESDAY August 30, 2017
The Sin of Solomon
“Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? Yet among many nations there was no king like him, who was beloved of his God; and God made him king over all Israel. Nevertheless pagan women caused even him to sin. Should we then hear of your doing all this great evil, transgressing against our God by marrying pagan women?” - Nehemiah 13:26-27
Nehemiah reasoned with God’s people. He used Solomon’s downfall as an example. Solomon was blessed with wisdom, wealth and honor, such as no other kings before or after him (2 Chronicles 1:8-12). His success as king was dependent on his obedience; he needed to follow after the Lord (1 Kings 2:3-4). The Lord had previously commanded His people:
Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly (Deuteronomy 7:3-4).
However, in Solomon’s reign, there was a big problem. He had married all these pagan women:
But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites— from the nations of whom the Lord had said to the children of Israel, “You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods” (1 Kings 11:1-2).
What was the result of Solomon’s disobedience? …when Solomon was old …his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David (1 Kings 11:4). Solomon went as far as to worship these foreign gods.
Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.
For more from Raul Ries, please visit Somebodylovesyouradio.org!