Friday, November 10th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 33)
As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.
1 Kings 11:4 (NIV)
As the world's wisest and wealthiest man, as King David's anointed successor, as the son who displayed humility, as an architect and entrepreneur, as the author of three great Bible Books,* as a king who possessed the right answers, as the instigator of peace on earth, as a model of fantastic clothing, as a lover of beautiful ladies, King Solomon seemed to have everything.
But his success was also his problem. Perhaps he lost self-control on the way. Surely, he neglected his greatest Love in the pursuit of various passions, especially the one about women.** He collected them like party favors, but some of them worshipped foreign idols. So to indulge his wives and concubines, he built godless temples and worshipped in them.
Solomon's writings, more than his actions, position him as a Bible hero, but God chose to show us Solomon's flaws. Even so, I believe he repented and reconciled with God before his death.***
To Be Continued...
* King Solomon is thought to have written Proverbs, The Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes.
** Short article: Why did God allow Solomon to have 1,000 wives and concubines?https://www.gotquestions.org/Solomon-wives-concubines.html
*** Article: Did King Solomon die in a state of broken fellowship with God?https://www.neverthirsty.org/bible-qa/qa-archives/question/did-king-solomon-die-in-a-state-of-broken-fellowship-with-god/
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.