Wisdom Did Not Protect Him
That’s what Solomon did.
That’s right. The same man that God blessed with wisdom above all his peers. None would be like him again.
He received riches and honor in addition to this…so much that they were piling up the silver outside of town when it lost value from all the gold which was available.
After directly speaking with God, being the wisest person on earth, and living in an unprecedented time of wealth and success…Solomon worshipped idols.
Have you ever thought about this before?
Why did he do it? How could a person with so much blessing…which he knew came directly from God…fall so far?
We’re given the answer here…
“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.”
1 Kings 11:1-5, NKJV
Solomon loved many foreign women and had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Wow…I guess this is where the marriage joke comes in.
“Marriage is a wonderful institution…but who wants to live in an institution?” – Groucho Marx
In this passage above we’re told Israelites were NOT allowed to marry from these nations.
So Solomon didn’t have a “fall” just at the end of his life as some people see it.
He started much earlier. He took the first step in that direction the moment he broke this law God had setup to protect him…and other Israelites.
With that many wives, he had to be collecting them and breaking this commandment over and over again throughout his life.
It was a consistent willful action he took for decades before he turned to idolatry.
Why would he do this? Part of it was likely the lust of the flesh, but it went deeper than this.
Remember Solomon was king who lived in a time of peace. These wives were from other countries.
At that time kings would marry the royal line of other nations to establish peaceful relationships.
He was doing what was the common wisdom of the day…the wisdom the world used to create peace.
In other words, he followed the world’s way of bringing God’s promises to pass. He would have peace and properity for his kingdom. And kings did that with these marriages.
You can expect he advisors leading him in this direction. And it all made perfect sense. The only probem was it was against God’s Word.
We all live in the world. There is wisdom that comes from God. And there is wisdom that comes from the world. There is quite a bit you can learn in your career and your business…technical skills, marketing techniques, etc.
The problem occurs when what you’re taught goes against the Word.
That’s where the dividing line comes in.
Learn everything you can. Become educated so you can provide more value to those around you. But the line stops once what you’re told is against what God has taught us.
And that’s a line everyone of us has to watch out for. If the wisest man could fall here, then the rest of us are definitely open to it.
You don’t decide on day to just turn your back on God and begin worshipping idols. It’s a slow process as one commandment doesn’t seem so important anymore. And it keeps compounding in your life just like it did in Solomon’s life.
This is where it really comes back to us needing to watch and pray. And have other faithful believers around us who we allow to speak into our life.
We are in this world, but we are not of this world…not anymore.