Read 147.) I Kings 10:14 thru 11:40, and II Chronicles 9:13 thru 28. Please, go back and read #135, How God Wanted to Save the World. The importance of that post cannot be understated. God had a centripetal plan whereby He wanted to save the world, and it was just beginning to come to fruition under Solomon. The firstfruit was that which we saw in I Kings 10:1-13 and II Chron.9:1-12, in the Queen of Sheba, when she heard of God’s blessing on Solomon and Israel, and came to see this with her own eyes. It had resulted in her conversion! She was to be the first, of all the very many, who were to eventually have come to God thru Israel; as was His plan. But, immediately after this time, we next read of how that Solomon totally, completely and utterly blew the plan of God by his own personal sin and unfaithfulness to the Lord. What happened?
From I Kings 10:14 thru 11:40, we see how that Solomon began to exalt himself, in express disobedience to that which God had commanded thru Moses, as seen in Deuteronomy 17, verses 14 thru 20. But, what do we specifically read here? Solomon accumulated gold in violation of Dt.17:17. He accumulated horses from Egypt, in violation of Dt.17:16. But, the worst, was what we read of next, with I Kings 11. Solomon loved many foreign women, and took 700 as wives, and another 300 for concubines! His breaking of Dt.17:17 in this matter became his downfall, as we read here in I Kings 11. It did so, because just as the Lord had warned, these women led Solomon’s heart away unto their idols and the false gods of the peoples around him. The consequences of his decisions and actions began to be felt immediately, as 11:14ff attests. With the II Chronicles passage, we read of all that we just did in I Kings, except for the part about having taken all those foreign women, and the resultant idolatry… and the divine consequences that fell out because of that.
What can we say is the point in all of this? God had blessed Israel, and Solomon, and had just brought them to that place, where His initial plan for the salvation of the peoples of the world was just beginning to start. BUT, due to the sinful corruption of Solomon’s heart, which was entirely like our very own, he began to believe that somehow, it was all about HIM; and that he could have, and should have, all that his corrupted heart desired, in explicit violation of the very commands of God. And, what was perhaps the very worst of it all, from I Kings 11:11-13, God spoke to him of what was to come, and Solomon did NOT change his course, in repentance, and return unto the Lord his God, and the God of all Israel. The price is going to be so great, and the payment exacted will be so harsh, God relents, and puts it all off for as long as His grace and mercy would allow Him, before it all falls out on Israel more than 300 years later, and just as had been prophesied by God back in Deuteronomy 31, some 450 years before! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell