Reading Plan: 1 Kings 10-11; 2 Chron. 9
1 Kings 11:1-9 (NASB)
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 sons of Israel, “You shall not associate with them, nor shall they associate with you, for they will surely turn your heart away after their gods.” Solomon held fast to these in love.
3 He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away.
4 For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been.
5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians and after Milcom the detestable idol of the Ammonites.
6 Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and did not follow the LORD fully, as David his father had done.
7 Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable idol of Moab, on the mountain which is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the detestable idol of the sons of Ammon.
8 Thus also he did for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.
9 Now theLORD was angry with Solomon because his heart was turned away from theLORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice,
– Solomon’s downfall is heartbreaking. He neglected to heed God’s warning to guard his heart. His heart became corrupt & he turned from God.
– Solomon was clearly warned not to marry those who did not love the Lord. He did not listen. Solomon was warned in Dt. 17:17 not to multiply wives.
– Solomon was warned in 1 Chron. 28:9 that if he were to forsake God then God would reject him forever.
When I read the words of Jeremiah I am reminded that wisdom, riches and power are not what matters. What matters is that we know the Lord and abide by His Word. Let’s take a look at what Jeremiah says in the following verses…
Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NASB)
23 Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;
24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.