Our weekly delight ( joy & pleasure ) in READING comes from the Book of 1 Kings 11: 1 – 8.
“ Now King Solomon defiantly loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharoah, Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian and Hittite women, from the very nations of whom the Lord said to the Israelites,
” You shall not associate with them, nor shall they associate with you, for the result will be that they will turn away your hearts to follow their gods. “
Yet Solomon clung to these in love. He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away from God. For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods, and his heart of his father David. For Solomon went after Ashtoreh, the fertility goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom, the horror detestable idol of the Ammonites. Solomon did evil things in the sight of the Lord, and did not follow the Lord fully, as his father David had done. Then Solomon built a high place for worshiping Chemosh, the horror detestable idol of Moab, on the hill which is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech, the horror detestable idol of the sons of Ammon; And he did the same for all of his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods. ….”
Please! Please continued reading the Bible! This is life!!!
Joshua 1: 8 ” Study this Book of instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. “
However, for our edification, the passage above reemphasizes God’s faithfulness. This time the author depicts the Lord as the God who keeps promises even when the person who is the object of the promise fail to be righteous. Further, the text stresses how a leader’s sin can impact others. Although, it is doubtful that Solomon can be responsible for the introducing idolatry into Israel, his religion open door policy serves to legitimize the practice in a way that no commoner’s similar actions could. God still expects obedience even in a multicultural, pluralistic society – Solomon could not use the excuse that he needed to bend the rules of the Torah to survive in the ancient near east.