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I guess if Solomon held fast in love to 1000 women it was pretty hard for him
love God as well...He started out by investing a bit in a palace for his Egyptian
wife(foreign wife),soon he was building houses for foreign gods as well.I have
to wonder how did Solomon find out about Jeroboam?If he knew God had
chosen him,trying to kill him was another act of rebellion on his part...there
goes his wisdom out the window.
What a call on Saul's life!I guess the realisation that all this while he had
been persecuting Jesus must have really hit him hard.As I read "I will show
him how much he will suffer for my name"I couldn't help thinking of "those
who live with the sword will die by the sword".Like Saul made christians
suffer for the sake of Christ,he was made to go that way too....but it worked
out for a greater good and his suffering has encouraged a number of
generations.
In my story of conversion,I did have a Ananias who prayed daily for me,councelled me with the word.Each time I remember my Ananias,I realise just how special I am to God and through what lengths he went to bring me into his kingdom and feed me.
God bless you all

I Kings 11:12:19

Solomon didn’t just role out of bed one morning and decide to marry a lot of woman. Solomon’s decline, thus Israel’s decline began the day he was crowned king. Solomon had failed to do what had been written in the Law for kings to do when they sit on the throne:

When you come to the land which the Lord your God gives you and you possess it and live there, and then say, We will set a king over us like all the nations that are about us, You shall surely set as king over you him whom the Lord your God will choose. One from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner, who is not your brother, over you. But he shall not multiply horses to himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to multiply horses, since the Lord said to you, You shall never return that way. And he shall not multiply wives to himself, that his [mind and] heart turn not away; neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold. And when he sits on his royal throne, he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, out of what is before the Levitical priests. And he shall keep it with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn [reverently] to fear the Lord his God, by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes and doing them, That his [mind and] heart may not be lifted up above his brethren and that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left; so that he may continue long, he and his sons, in his kingdom in Israel.
(Deuteronomy 17:14-20 AMP)


God chose Solomon that is a fact, but Solomon chose to not follow after God. Solomon was no doubt a very wise man, but he was not the Wisdom of God. He may have had that wisdom available to him but having something in your reach and actually reaching for that wisdom to use are two separate actions. When reading the Book of Proverbs, I am sometimes reminded that the person who wrote the majority of the text did not follow what he wrote.

The gift of salvation, the Wisdom of God, is available to us but many fail to put forth their hand to grab it, which is their choice.

May all that strive to know the Will of God through His Word reach out and grab, utilize and put into application, the Wisdom of God. Just like a bar of soap, the Wisdom of God, though in our reach, will do us no good unless it is wetted and applied.

Also note that Ashtoreth and Molech are gods that go hand-in-hand, Ashtoreth is a goddess of sex and is worshiped by having sex on the alter, Molech is the god of child sacrifice, and it doesn’t have to be by actual fire—it is parents sacrificing their child, their future, on the alter of their own pleasures. Where you find one, Ashtoreth, you find the other, Molech. In the United States child sexual exploitation is so out of control the news media is doing stings on the predators. We have become like Solomon, think about it.

I don't have much respect for Solomon & when people tout his wisdom, I get sick to my stomach. Seems to me it was all about him & his pleasures with 1,000 wives/concubines; get real here...man can hardly take care of one woman properly much less 1,000...that was for his pleasure alone & no one elses.

jan

1 Kings 11:9-13 (New King James)
So the Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned from the Lord God of Isreal, who had appeared to him twice and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods ; but he did not keep what the Lord had commanded. Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, "Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My status, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant. Nevertheless I will not do it in your days, for the sake of your father David; but I will tear it out of the hand of your son. However I will not tear away the whole kingdom, but I will give one tribe to your son for the sake of my servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem which I have chosen".

Food to thought: Parents, what legacy are you leaving behind for your children? Because of David's faithfulness to God, Solomon succeeded him to the throne of Isreal and had favour with God. But due to Solomon's unfaithfulness to God, his son Rehoboam "inherited" God's wrath and divided kingdom.

Parents be ware, our lives of faithfulness or disobedience to God today will affect our children positivel or negatively tomorrow.

Psalm 131 is a huge lesson for me daily, and also especially V 2. I have my 25-year-old stepdaughter living with me on a free ticket because she's not earning enough to pay rent. However, despite her being a loving, and quite caring lass, she can be equally desperately selfish, careless and otherwise appear to not care much about my needs (which being disabled and in chronic pain daily) can be many, and I tend to constantly push on and perhaps make her think there's little wrong with me, so I find myself sometimes being hit by overwhelming irritation by her actions or inactions and came to a point recently where i truly just HAD to do as this verse suggests - sit before the Lord and plead for His calmness and peace to replace the irritation and angst, or I was truly going to lose it with her, which would be bad for us both, as she's not a Christian, and I'm very aware she judges my faith by my actions too. So while David no doubt was in a much worse place than me at the time of writing this, I'm so glad he did, as it's just what I need to be reminded of.

Anka,

Regarding Jeroboam

"It is not immediately apparent why these construction projects caused him to rebel against Solomon. Jewish traditions say he opposed the oppressive use of forced labor in these building projects. Since he was the officer over all the labor force, this tradition makes some sense." - David Guzik

This above explanantion makes sense when you look at 1Kings 12:3-4
"So they sent for Jeroboam, and he and the whole assembly of Israel went to Rehoboam and said to him: "Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you." NIV

As to how Solomon found out about Jeroboam - Josephus has a comment:

"Being a young man of warm temper, and ambitious of greatness, he could not be quiet." Jeroboam decided to seek control of the northern tribes immediately, and "he endeavored to persuade the people to forsake Solomon, to make a disturbance, and to bring the government over to himself" (Antiquities of the Jews, book VIII, chapter vii, section 8).

Solomon, who learned of Jeroboam's subversive design, responded by trying to kill him.

SIDE NOTE: Solomons Life span

The period that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years: Many commentators believe that Solomon began his reign when he was about 20 years old. This means that Solomon did not live a particularly long life. This means that the promised made in 1 Kings 3:14 was not fulfilled to Solomon, because of his disobedience. - David Guzik

i. So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days. (1 Kings 3:14)

Three days

Acts 9:9
"For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything."

In the Bible "three days occurs 61 times, and "three" occurs 485 times.

You can do a word/phrase search at link to see the passages.
http://www.blueletterbible.org/

I read a little on biblical numerology and some secular stuff - but this is what struck me:

Jonah, Jesus, Paul

Jonah and Paul in the dark, and Jesus dead.

None ate or drank.

Each in condition or place for three days.

Jonah and Paul bookends to Christ.

Jonah emerged from darkness and "prophesied" at Ninevah (Gentiles), and 120,000+ repented and were forgiven for "a time".

Jesus was raised from the dead and asceneded into heaven as the "first fruits" of the redeemed.

Paul emerged from "physical and spiritual" darkness to preach to Jew and Gentile, and was instrumental in the rapid growth of the Church. (Far more than 120,000)

NOTE: It was interesting that Paul, who had some integral part in Stephen's death, seemed to replace Stephen early on. Both were skilled speakers for whom the authorities had no answer. Both angered the authorities to the point where they wanted each dead.

In these early days - Paul performed no signs and wonders (at least not recorded), but "baffled the Jews living in Damascus" with the power of his arguments and proof (from the Old Testament??) that Jesus is the "Christ".

SIDE NOTE: Son of God

He preached the Christ: The message of Paul was all about Jesus. He knew they needed to know Jesus in truth, that He is the Son of God.


i. Many people think when Jesus is called the Son of God it is a way of saying He is not God, only “the son of God.” But in Jesus’ day, everyone knew what this title meant. To be called the “son of” something meant you were totally identified with that thing or person, and their identity was your identity. When Jesus called Himself the Son of God, and when others called Him that, it was understood as a clear claim to His deity.


ii. In fact, on two occasions when Jesus called Himself the Son of God, He was accused of blasphemy, of calling Himself God (John 5:17-18, Matthew 26:63-65). Everybody knew what Jesus meant in calling Himself Son of God, and everyone knew what Saul meant when he preached that Jesus is the Son of God. - David Guzik

Strange how Scriptures effect us so differently. When I read the story of Solomon it brings me hope! God never chose perfect people to fulfill His plan and purpose. Reason being, there were NO perfect people available. You won't read of too many Bible characters that didn't have some kind of 'problem'. 'Dysfunctional' didn't start just in the last few years.

Why do these 'less than perfect' folks give me hope you ask? I know that God can still use me to fulfill his plan and purpose, even though I've made some major mistakes (read...SIN). However, so long as I continue to seek Him with my whole heart and do not practice sin, He will use me and bless me.

Look at my post yesterday, I said that God told Solomon if he would 'walk in the integrity and uprightness' of his father David he would bless him! David was involved in an adulterous affair and then had his girlfriend's husband murdered. So how could God call David a man of integrity and uprightness?

He never stopped serving or worshiping God like his son Solomon did! Solomon went after other Gods...a conscious decision he made on his own. God had already told him not to take wives from certain tribes as they could lead him into idolatry. He chose to ignore God's Word and do it anyway. The rewards of disobedience are ugly!

But does all this mean that God did not use Solomon during the time he walked with God? He used him to build His temple. He used him to write books of great wisdom. God knew what He was getting in Solomon before He made the deal...so to speak. And the hope I have is that God knew what He was getting before He chose me...and you! An awesome thought in my book.

God used Noah to save the world, then he got off the boat and got drunk. Even Moses rebelled and disobeyed. Jonah didn't exactly conduct his revival like God asked Him to. Peter was impulsive, James and John had tempers, Thomas was a doubter. The list goes on and on. I'm not trying to downgrade or profane any Bible character, I'm merely trying to get us to see that God uses ordinary, everyday folks like you and I to achieve his plan and purpose in this world. His mercy endures forever!

Very powerful readings today! Especially Acts! Acts was one of the first books I read after I was reborn, Acts & John. I thought they were pretty huge! And I still think they're really huge! You know, I was brought up in religion, with the Bible. I read the Bible, because I 'had' to. But I never really understood. Many times I read John 1:13 "They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God". It was so frustrating for me, I had the feeling Jesus was calling me with this verse. But I never understood what it meant to be reborn! In the Protestant church they never talked about rebirth, well, not in our Protestant church. I just didn't know what to do to start all over again. I had never heard about a living God, about having a relationship with God, how to understand the Bible. But now ... it's a true rebirth! I'm celebrating my first 'rebirthday' in August and I've grown so much! I can feel it in myself and I can see it in the relationships I've gained these past months. I've received the Holy Spirit and what a Gift is that ... it gives me the power to share my testimony, it gives me the power to go on and do whatever I need to do in God's will. I share my testimony all the time, I even pray and ask for open people to cross my path, whom I can share my testimony with. I pray that God will use me in any way He wants to, I'm His! We have lots of fellowship evenings with our churches and I LOVE to give my testimony on stage, it's so powerful! Especially when there are visitors, it's important for them to know that my life hasn't been like this always. And sure, even now it's not perfect, I have my ups and downs. But the best part is that I can give my downs to the Lord for Him to repair and I can thank Him afterwards. My ups are also to thank Him for, to praise Him for ... the glory is all His! With God I can do everything (anything? which one? LOL)! I'm not afraid anymore, I'm not insecure anymore ... it's just wonderful to know that He has all the answers. All you have to do is ask Him!

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