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August 11, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Kings 11 (ESV)

Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and did not wholly follow the Lord, as David his father had done. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Molech the abomination of the Ammonites, on the mountain east of Jerusalem. And so he did for all his foreign wives, who made offerings and sacrificed to their gods.....Continue Reading

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  1. 9And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice 10and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods. But he did not keep what the Lord commanded

  2. And so the mighty fall. After all God had done for Solomon, he did an essential thing God commanded against, marrying wives of foreign countries and then being influenced by their worship of false gods. I wonder what it was like for Solomon to build temples for foreign gods after being the one entrusted with building the temple of the One and True God? It confronts us all about the ways we can be hypocritical about our faith and walk, and convicts us to stay true to the One who has been so true to us.

    And God does exactly as He said he would…brings enemies in to remind Solomon how far he has fallen and how he should return to the one who made him who he was in the first place…

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