1.Kings 11:1-6 But King Solomon loved many foreign
women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites,
Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites; from the nations of whom the LORD had
said to the children of Israel, "You shall not intermarry with them,
nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their
gods." Solomon clung to these in love. And he had seven hundred wives,
princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his
heart. For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his
heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God,
as was the heart of his father David. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth
the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the
Ammonites. Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and did not fully
follow the LORD, as did his father David.
can write a lot about king Solomon, for example, that he built the first
temple in Jerusalem, or about the wisdom which he received from God, nevertheless,
here is one small thing to take into consideration - it seems absurd that
although Solomon was so wise, he made such a stupid mistake. According
to the law it was forbidden for a king to have several wives, and especially
non -Jewish wives. Yet Solomon, by all means, married "foreign"
women to gain loyal support from these nations. This strategic move was
foolish and resulted in Solomon no longer being faithful to God. We can
learn from Solomon's mistake. It is always better to firstly please God
and not people. Take that to heart and be smart!
You can also learn from the right decision which king Solomon did make.
At the beginning of his kingdom he asked God to give him wisdom, rather
than riches and honor. 2. Ch. 1:11-12 And God said to Solomon: "Because
this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor
or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life; but have asked
wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom
I have made you king; "wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and
I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings
have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like."
Did you know that Solomon was a multi-millionaire? The Bible tells us
that he received gold, approximately in the value of 190 million Euros
per year, from the kings of Arabia. He traded with horses, exotic goods,
as well as copper and ore which was extracted from his mines. In our day,
he would be described as being "Bill Gates".
Try to live a life without worrying about your financial situation, and
ask God to give you the things which you cannot buy with money. jk
Scripture for further study:
Psalm 72; Proverbs 13:10; 16:16; 23:23; Matthew 6:33; 12:38-42; 1. Peter
5:7; Philippians 4:6