May 27

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?



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4 Responses to May 27

  1. Jeff

    This really is a sad chapter. Most everyone likes Solomon and admires his wise choices early on. It’s amazing to me that Solomon who had this special relationship with God and who communicated with God would have the nerve to worship other gods. Truly women have powerful influences over men. Young men should take heed of this story. Many times young men think they can change women with their godly influence when sadly the exact opposite happens.

  2. Sandy Steinman

    Jeff is absolutely right. This is such a sad chapter. Just imagine God appeared to Solomon twice to warn him and still he did exactly what God told him not to do. As wise as he was he could not avoid doing what many of us who are not as wise do. He somehow thought he would be the exception and that he would “get away’ with this sin, despite seeing how it affected others.

  3. Mary K

    Solomon, like the rest of us, had a choice to learn by instruction or learn by experience. Sadly, he chose experience and seemed to live to regret it by Ecclesiastes. Although he was an extremely wise man, he forgot he was not wiser than God, and began to trust his own wisdom. People don’t have to be as wise as Solomon to do this. At the end of the day, truth always wins and truth comes from God. God has spent thousands of years and limitless energy to show humans what truth is. Although it may often be beyond our understanding, I think Solomon’s life teaches us we are always better off trusting God’s way rather than relying on our own. Even the wisest man ever didn’t outsmart God.

  4. Kevin S.

    1 Kings 11:12 ” Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son.” It’s interesting to me that God does that. Because of David’s faithful life Solomon is spared from his destruction and the punishment is passed on to his son instead.

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