1 Kgs 11:1-43
Having read about the beauty of Solomon‘s accomplishments, the house he built, the temple, his wisdom and riches, it looks so much an anticlimax to learn how his reign ended.
As Solomon grew older, his heart was turned away from God, and there was no other reason for this than the fact that he desired and married may strange women. Solomon had a total of seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. i am not sure I have seen any current living person having that much number to deal with. How was he able to manage them all? love them all, satisfy them all? A lot of these women were strange or foreign women – daughter of Pharaoh, women of Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hitites. God had beforehand warned Israel about these strange people and their ability to lure his people into idolatry. These women were able to turn Solomon’s heart from God, and he went after Ashtoreth goddess of the Sidonians and Milcom of the Ammonites. He even built temples for these gods, causing even his people to worship these gods.
God was clear on his commandments and standards, so he meted out the right judgement to Solomon. The kingdom would be divided and torn away from him, but for David’s sake, a part would be retained for his descendants – one out of the twelve tribes. So we start hearing of enemies rising against Solomon, men like Hadad the Edomite, Rezon, and Jeroboam the son of Nebat who was Solomon’s servant, but would soon become Israel’s king rather than Solomon’s son.
Disobedience has great consequences. God has given us so much to enable us to love and obey him, sin however wants to draw our hearts away from God. Will you let it?
Solomon eventually died and was laid with his fathers, but what happened afterwards? We will soon see.
Some verses to remember
vs 6: And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
vs 11: 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.