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Saturday, May 24 2014
1 Kings 11: What Caused Solomon's Idolatry?
"Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites"
The people of Israel (see The Origin Of Israel) were created by the LORD from the "foreign" nations of the Middle East - from Iraq (see A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram and The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq), Syria (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria and The Syrian Tongue Of Jesus), Moab (today, the Kingdom of Jordan; see Ruth: Building The House Of Israel), Egypt (see The Adoption Of Ephraim and Manasseh), Canaan (see The First Jews and Rahab Of Jericho) and others.
Marrying a "strange" woman (i.e. a woman from another place of birth i.e. nativity, the word from which nation is based) was obviously not itself a problem. Even Moses had done it, but remained a steadfast servant and prophet of God (see Numbers 12: The Jealousy Of Miriam and Aaron).
"12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman." (Numbers 12:1 KJV)
The problem for Solomon, apart from the absurdity of having "seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines," was his choice to accept their religion as a compromise in his faithfulness to the LORD. It's what turned Solomon from a natural and spiritual wise man (see 1 Kings 3: Solomon's Gift Of Wisdom) into carnal-minded fool. "And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice."
"11:1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; 11:2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. 11:3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. 11:5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 11:6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) then allowed rebels to infest Solomon's kingdom (see Solomon's Regime) and empire (see King David's Empire). One after another they came i.e. "God stirred him up another adversary."
"11:14 And the LORD stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king's seed in Edom. 11:15 For it came to pass, when David was in Edom, and Joab the captain of the host was gone up to bury the slain, after he had smitten every male in Edom; 11:16 (For six months did Joab remain there with all Israel, until he had cut off every male in Edom:) 11:17 That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father's servants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little child. 11:18 And they arose out of Midian, and came to Paran: and they took men with them out of Paran, and they came to Egypt, unto Pharaoh king of Egypt; which gave him an house, and appointed him victuals, and gave him land.
The division of Israel into "Israel" and "Judah" was accomplished through Jeroboam of the tribe of Ephraim who "lifted up his hand against the king." Although Solomon at first forced Jeroboam to flee into exile in Egypt, Solomon's kingdom had begun an unstoppable unraveling. Jeroboam's rebellion would not however produce a faithful kingdom either - "the Lost Ten Tribes" used their "freedom" (see also 1 Kings 9: The Kingdom Of Freedom) to become even more corrupt almost immediately (see the Fact Finder question below).
"11:26 And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon's servant, whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow woman, even he lifted up his hand against the king.
Solomon died in Jerusalem after a reign of forty years. As the LORD declared, the division would happen in the time of Solomon's son (see Rehoboam's Answer).
"11:41 And the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Solomon? 11:42 And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. 11:43 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead." (1 Kings 11:41-43 KJV)
Fact Finder: How did Jeroboam corrupt the northern kingdom? What happened to the Levites in the northern kingdom?
This Day In History, May 24
1153: King David I of Scotland died and was succeeded by his grandson Malcolm IV.
1218: The Fifth Crusade set out from Acre (a city on the coast of northern Israel) for Egypt (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1261: Alexander IV, antipope 1254-1261, died under suspicious circumstances. Some historians believe that he was poisoned by his successor, antipope John XXIII (see The Struggle For The Papacy; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1276: Magnus Ladulas was proclaimed King of Sweden.
1543: Nicolaus Copernicus published his theory of a sun-centered solar system, which contradicted the common belief that the sun revolved around the earth (see also No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).
1607: 100 English pioneers arrived in Jamestown (that they named after King James - the same as the King James Version of the Bible), in what is today Virginia. Although later mythological propaganda (that many have been grossly misled into believing is "history") falsely claimed otherwise, the English pioneers were patriotic citizens of England who volunteered to establish English colonies in the New World e.g. the royal-chartered Jamestown settlers were financed and supplied by the Virginia Company of London. None were treason-committing rebels or self-exiled runaways looking for "freedom" from their beloved country.
1621: The Protestant Union (a coalition of Protestant German states) was formally dissolved.
1689: The English Parliament passed the Act of Toleration, protecting Protestants against persecution by Roman Catholics.
1798: Believing that a (Roman Catholic) French invasion of Ireland was imminent, Irish nationalists rose up against the (Protestant) British occupation.
1819: Princess Alexandrina Victoria was born at Kensington Palace in London, the only daughter of the Duke of Kent. As Queen Victoria, she reigned for 63 years, from 1837 until her death in 1901.
1844: Samuel Morse transmitted his first telegraph message to his associate 40 miles / 65 kilometers away. The message was "What hath God wrought!" (a quote of Numbers 23:23)
1883: The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City was opened to traffic after 14 years of construction.
1940: Russian aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky made the first successful helicopter flight.
1941: During the Second World War (which began in September 1939 when Germany invaded Poland), the British battlecruiser HMS Hood was sunk by the massive German battleship Bismarck (52,600 tons, eight 15-inch guns) which began firing 15 miles away. Of the 1,400 crew of the Hood, only 3 survived. Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered an all-out hunt by the Royal Navy for the Bismarck, which was located and sent to the bottom a few days later by 3 British warships - a bombardment firefight with the Bismarck through the night from the British battleships King George V and Rodney and 3 torpedoes from the British cruiser Dorsetshire the next day.
1943: Admiral Donitz withdrew the German U-boat (submarine) fleet from the open Atlantic due to heavy losses (75% of crews lost) inflicted by the United States, British and Canadian navies.
1950: The "Tripartite Declaration" by Britain, U.S., and France sought to prevent further war in the region of Israel.
1961: U.S. civil rights "Freedom Riders" were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for "disturbing the peace" - for peacefully getting off their bus.
1967: Egypt blockaded the Red Sea coast of Israel.
1986: Margaret Thatcher became the first British Prime Minister to visit the present-day state of Israel.
1991: Israel carried out "Operation Solomon," an evacuation of Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
1994: The four men who were convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York were each sentenced to 240 years in prison. Over 1,330 pounds of explosives were packed into a vehicle in an underground parking area of the north tower, placed in such a way that the north tower would supposedly fall into the south tower, in an attempt to bring both towers down. Although much damage was done, and thousands of people were injured, including 7 killed, the towers remained standing - until September 2001.
2000: Israel military forces withdrew from Lebanon after 22 years.