Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 11
Highlights: This is a sad chapter. Chapter 11 tells us of Solomon’s downfall. We see a bizarre love for foreign women that leads him to have a 700 wives and 300 concubines. His wives turn his heart away from serving God. He introduces idolatry into the nation. As punishment God tells qSolomon the kingdom will be taken from him. Enemies rise up against Solomon, most notably Jeroboam who will later take 10 tribes for himself. God’s respect for David prevents a total loss of the Kingdom (David’s family will retain 2 tribes) and will delay the division till after Solomon is dead.
God had warned about foriegn women “You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods”. That is exactly what he did and that is exactly what happened. He doesn’t seem to practice what he preached in the book of Proverb’s about trusting in God and he doesn’t seem very wise. How do you explain the great fall of Solomon?