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King Solomon and His Many Wives

It is true Solomon “had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines” for it is recorded in God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures, in 1 Kings 11:3. It has been suggested many of his wives and concubines could have been daughters given as gifts to him by surrounding potentates when peace treaties were negotiated with the Kingdom of Israel. As Solomon’s kingdom and influence grew so did his desire for these foreign women whom God strictly forbade His people as they entered the Promised Land from becoming involved with because of their idol worship (Deuteronomy 7:1-4; 1 Kings 11:1-2).

After all the magnificent successes God had given King Solomon throughout his reign, the Book of Kings records “when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart after other gods.” Those gods included “Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians… Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites… Chemosh, the abomination of Moab… and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.” Solomon offered sacrifices and burnt incense unto the gods just as his forbidden wives did who did not worship the One True GOD who had blessed Solomon in wisdom and riches (1 Kings 11:5-8).

Because of His Righteousness, God’s judgment fell upon Solomon and the entire Kingdom of Israel. It was then God pronounced the kingdom would be divided after Solomon’s death into the Northern Kingdom consisting of ten tribes of Israel, and the Southern Kingdom consisting of the remaining two tribes, Judah and Benjamin. Solomon’s son Rehoboam would rule the Southern Kingdom consisting of Jerusalem, while Solomon’s servant, Jeroboam, would rule the Northern Kingdom (1Kings 11:11-13,43; 12:1-24). As a Divided Kingdom God’s judgment continued to be poured forth as a result of Solomon’s sin for the next 400 years, until eventually the Northern Kingdom was carried away captive by the Assyrians and the Southern Kingdom found themselves under captivity in Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar (2 Kings 17:5-6; 2 Kings 24:10-16; Jeremiah 52:28-30).

According to 1 Kings 11:4 Solomon’s “heart was not perfect with the LORD his God” concerning his many wives and worship of idols. King Solomon is made mention in the closing words of Nehemiah’s book after the walls of Jerusalem had been rebuilt and the return of Israelites from the Babylonian captivity had taken place. Nehemiah contended with those who were once again taking wives of the Ammonites and the Moabites, saying, Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things?… God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin. Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against our God in marrying strange wives?” (Nehemiah 13:23-27). Solomon is not one to be emulated or used as an example for having multiple wives, for in doing so he greatly sinned against the One True God.

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A Virtuous Woman vs. A Godless Woman

The virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 is the model set forth by King Solomon as a godly woman, one who pleases her husband, cares for her children and her neighbors. In contrast, the Apostle Paul speaks of the characteristics of the ungodly in Romans 1, those who do “not like to retain God in their knowledge” (vs.28), and live their lives accordingly. The differences between the two are striking.

A Virtuous Woman – Proverbs 31:10-31

Does good and not evil all the days of her life

Works willingly with her hands

Gathers food for her family

Rises early from sleep to care for her family

Buys property

Plants a garden

Strengthens herself

Works hard day and night

Helps the poor and needy

Provides warm clothing for her family

Faithful to her husband

Makes and delivers goods to the merchant

Maintains her honor

Speaks with wisdom

Shows kindness

Takes care of her household

Keeps busy

Reverences The LORD

 

An Ungodly Woman – Romans 1:18-32

Filled with unrighteousness                                                Hates God

Involved in sexual sin                                                             Despiteful

Wicked                                                                                          Proud

Desires what others have                                                     Boastful

Seeks to harm others                                                             Invents evil things

Full of envy                                                                                 Disobedient to parents

Full of murder                                                                           Without understanding

Contentious                                                                               Covenant breaker

Deceitful                                                                                      Without natural affection

Has bad character                                                                   Unreasonable

Secret slanderer                                                                       Unmerciful

Backbites                                                                                    Has pleasure in wickedness

 

“Who can find a Virtuous Woman?

for her price is Far Above Rubies.”

Proverbs 31:10

I Can See Clearly Now

A familiar verse found in Psalm 119:105 brings not only direction for one’s life, but presents the key to understanding the events taking place in the world today and what lies ahead for each and every person in the life to come. The answers to man’s questions past, present and future are found within the pages of God’s WORD, a gift He has given mankind applicable to every generation.

“Thy WORD is a Lamp unto My Feet, and a Light unto My Path.”

As a lamp shines closest to its carrier, many recall the words to live by of the great Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s premier Founding Fathers who was known for his words of wisdom… “A penny saved is a penny earned;” “Waste not, want not;” “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Much more profound than Franklin’s words, the Holy WORD of God contains over 800 proverbs of the wisdom of Solomon, the wisest person to ever live, “… that God had put in his heart,” (2 Chronicles 9:23), recorded in the Book of Proverbs. Words to live by such as, Keep My commandments, and live,” (7:2); “The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,” (10:32); ”Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD,” (16:5); “A poor man is better than a liar,” (19:22); “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man,” (21:17); “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small,” (24:10), and on, and on.

As events fill every news broadcast and sets the world on edge, God’s WORD shines on the path ahead clearly illuminating what is happening, why it is happening and what the final result will be. His WORD reveals, “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about… all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it,” (Zechariah 12:2-3); the coming battle of Gog and Magog (Russia) allied with Persia (Iran) and Togarmah (Turkey), along with other nations (Ezekiel 38-39); “With all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish… God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie,” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11); “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine… they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables,” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

Concerning life after death, God’s WORD speaks of, “In My Father’s house are many mansions… I go to prepare a place for you,” (John 14:2); “For I know that my Redeemer liveth… though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God,” (Job 19:25-26); “… willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord,” (2 Corinthians 5:8); “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth… no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain,” (Revelation 21:1-4).

“For ever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven.” 

Psalm 119:89

                                                                    

ECCLESIASTES – Book of “Man Under the Sun”

Key Verse:  Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every               purpose under the heaven.”

All is Vanity – Chapters 1-2

Seasons of Life – Chapters 3-10

Conclusion of the Matter – Chapter 11-12

 

 

PROVERBS – Book of “Wisdom”

Key Verse:  Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.”

Solomon’s Wise Words to Sons – Chapters 1-7

Wisdom Better Than Rubies – Chapters 8-9

Folly of Sin – Chapters 10-19

Warnings and Instruction – Chapters 20-29

God’s Word is Pure – Chapter 30

Virtuous Woman – Chapter 31

2 CHRONICLES – Book of “The Temple’s Rise & Fall”

Key Verse:   2 Chronicles 6:14, “O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like Thee in the heaven, nor in the earth;  which keepeth covenant, and sheweth mercy unto Thy servants,                      that walk before Thee with all their hearts.” 

Solomon’s Kingdom Established – Chapter 1 

Solomon Prepares to Build the Temple – Chapter 2 

Solomon Builds the Temple – Chapters 3-4

Ark Brought to the Temple – Chapter 5

Solomon Dedicates Temple – Chapter 6

God Accepts the Temple – Chapter 7

Solomon’s Fame Spreads – Chapters 8-9

Kingdom Divides into Judah & Israel – Chapters 10-12

Southern Kingdom’s Loyalty to Temple – Chapters 13-36

People of Judah Taken Captive to Babylon – Chapter 36

Cyrus’ Decree to Rebuild the Temple – Chapter 36

 

1 KINGS – Book of “Israel Divides”

Key Verse:   1 Kings 3:9, “Give therefore Thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between the good and bad.”

Solomon Becomes King – Chapter 1

David’s Death – Chapter 2

Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom – Chapters 3-4

Solomon Builds the Temple – Chapters 5-7

Ark of Covenant Brought to Temple – Chapter 8

Solomon’s Greatness – Chapters 9-10

Solomon’s Death – Chapter 11

Kingdom Divided – Chapters 12-16

Elijah on Mt. Carmel – Chapters 17-18

Evil King Ahab – Chapters 19-22