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June 27, 2020

Solomon, who became the third king in Israel, was the second son of Bathseba and the tenth son of King David. The Bible states in 2 Samuel 12:24 and 2 Chronicles 1:1 that God loved Solomon, was with him, and magnified him exceedingly. Additionally, the Bible states before David’s death he told Solomon, “I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself.”

In the early days of Solomon’s reign, God appeared to him in a dream and said to him, “Ask what I shall give thee.” Solomon’s response was to ask for an understanding heart to judge Israel and the ability to discern between good and bad. His request pleased God in such a meaningful way that God told him, “Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;  Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.”

In his lifetime, with the blessings and favor of God, Solomon obtained fame and adulation. The Bible recorded that all Israel heard of the judgments of Solomon, and they feared him for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him. Furthermore, people from other nations of all socio-economic backgrounds came to hear his wisdom. He was a poet and a prolific writer who penned 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs, some of which are found in the book of Proverbs, Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes, and Psalms. He built the first temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, a majestic palace for himself, and government buildings surrounded by gardens and roads. He accumulated thousands of horses and chariots, and his diplomatic skills allowed him to secure peace with his neighbors and build up Israel’s trade industry.

Unfortunately, Solomon loved women for the Bible states he had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. These wives and concubines were Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites, which God had instructed Israel not to marry. Solomon disobeyed God’s instruction which resulted in faulty behavior as seen in 1 Kings 11: 4-9, “For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father. Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.” The consequence of his actions is seen in verses 9-11, “And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the Lord commanded. Wherefore the Lord said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but I will give one tribe to thy son for David’s my servant’s sake, and for Jerusalem sake which I have chosen.” What a sad end for the wisest man of his time who died at age sixty. He was wise, but not wise enough to be obedient to God, for he allowed the lust of his flesh to control a significant portion of his life.

Solomon’s life provides lessons for all of us to learn. First and foremost, be obedient to God’s instruction. Secondly, bring the flesh under subjection to the Word of God and, thirdly, don’t allow our actions to have a negative effect on our future generations. I believe these are vital points to adhere to for success in our Christian walk.

In my next blog, I am going to delve some more into problem areas in King Solomon’s life. So, I invite you to return to this website to learn more about Solomon’s errors. Prayerfully, these blogs will help you and me to please God and not our flesh.





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