History Of King Solomon - Christian Daily Devotions

May 13 2007

History Of King Solomon - Verse of the Day : Now it was so, when Solomon was old, that 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

Daily Bible Reading Plan

Morning : 1 Corinthians 1

Evening : 1 Kings 11-12

History Of King Solomon

According to the history of King Solomon recorded in the Bible, he was lifted up by God to build Him a sanctuary. There was none as wise as king Solomon in all the earth, yet this very wisdom became the basis of his corruption.

What was the lifestyle that caused one so blessed to fall away from the plan and purpose of God for his life? King Solomon fell prey to the three most basic temptations faced by all leaders: glory, girls and gold.

(1) Glory. King Solomon's will was in direct disobedience to the laws for kings. In Deuteronomy 17:16, God warns that a king "shall not multiply horses for himself." King Solomon went on a great military spending spree to gather chariots and horsemen (1 Kin. 10:26-28).

They filled the whole kingdom of Israel. God was not against the formation of a necessary defense force but He was absolutely against a king putting his entire trust in them. King Solomon presided over the greatest military buildup in Israel's history only to satiate his own pride and vain glory.

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(2) Girls. Deuteronomy 17:17 says that a king shall not "multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away." While it is good for a man to have a wife, God says, "Don't multiply wives!"

"King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites ... he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart" (1 Kin. 11:1,3).

These sins may seem very remote to us but Jesus says that you can commit adultery in your heart (Matt. 5:28). The Bible talks about fallen church leaders that have "eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin" (2 Pet. 2:14). Those things can disqualify us from God's anointing and blessings.

(3) Gold. Finally, Deuteronomy 17:17 warns that a king is not to "greatly multiply silver and gold for himself." King Solomon used his navy to bring into Jerusalem gold, silver, ivory, apes and peacocks (1 Kin. 10:22). He was using God-given wisdom to enrich himself.

There is nothing wrong with money. But the lust of money is the root of all evil. God did not forbid a king from gathering silver and gold. What He did forbid is the greedy multiplying and hoarding of them. It is the greed and adoration of possessions that can ruin us as they did here from the history of king Solomon.

If someone as great as king Solomon could fall into temptations, then "let him who think he stands take heed lest he fall" (1 Cor. 10:12).

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