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Friday, September 8 2017
Biblical Eras: Solomon's Idolatry and The Division Of Israel
"Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father ... Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee"
King Solomon was a wise and noble leader of the Kingdom of Israel for many years (see Biblical Eras: The Golden Age Of King Solomon; also Biblical Eras: The City Of David - When Jerusalem Became An Israelite City; also Biblical Eras: The Founding Of Israel As A Country).
Solomon however became a corrupt old fool in his later years. As happened with many others before and since, including the once-righteous angel who made himself into Satan (see What Is Satan's Real Name?; also Putting Away Satan's Goat), Solomon's perversion of character was a tragic and disgraceful fall from a great height of righteousness.
"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 cost was also very high for the united Kingdom of Israel. The LORD (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) declared that the Israelites would become two independent kingdoms (see also How Long Was Jerusalem The Capital Of Israel?).
"11:9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, 11:10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded. 11:11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. 11:12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son. 11:13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen." (1 Kings 11:9-13 KJV)
Exactly as stated by the LORD, the division happened in the time of Solomon's son and successor, Rehoboam - the last king of the united Kingdom of Israel and the first king of the separated kingdom of Judah (the tribe of Judah, Benjamin and eventually, all of Levi; see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings and No Levites In The Lost Ten Tribes?).
"12:1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king. 12:2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;) 12:3 That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying, 12:4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.
This Day In History, September 8
394: Arbogast, a general of the Roman empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars, A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots, A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), committed suicide after the battle of the Frigidus River that ended in victory for Theodosius.
617: The Battle of Huoyi in China. Li Yuan defeated a Sui Dynasty army, enabling his capture of the imperial capital Chang'an and the eventual establishment of the Tang Dynasty (see also The First Chinese American War).
1011: The Danes sacked Canterbury and seized Aelfheah, the archbishop of Canterbury, who they held for 7 months before killing him in April 1012.
1264: The Statute of Kalisz, guaranteeing Jews (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) safety and personal liberties and giving battei din jurisdiction over Jewish matters, was promulgated by Boleslaus the Pious, Duke of Greater Poland.
1331: Stephen Uros IV Dusan declared himself king of Serbia.
1380: The Battle of Kulikovo. Russian forces defeated an army of Tatars and Mongols, stopping their advance.
1504: Michelangelo's David was unveiled in Florence, Italy.
1565: The Knights of Malta lifted the Turkish siege of Malta that began on May 18.
1664: The Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who renamed it New York after the Duke of York.
1755: During the Seven Years War (1756-1763) in North America, English troops under the command of William Johnson defeated French and native-American force at the Battle of Lake George. Although shortsightedly known only as "the French and Indian War" in the U.S., it was actually a world war, fought on a larger geographic scale (Europe, North America, Central America, the West African coast, India, and the Philippines) than the two world wars of the twentieth century.
1760: The French surrendered Montreal to British forces under the command of Jeffrey Amherst.
1831: William IV and Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen were crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
1860: The Steamship Lady Elgin sank on Lake Michigan, with the loss of around 300 lives.
1900: A hurricane with winds of 120 mph and a following tidal wave at Galveston, Texas, killed at least 8,000 people and destroyed over 2,500 buildings in the city (see also The Origin Of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons).
1944: Germany began the V-2 rocket bombing of Britain.
1945: Korea was partitioned into North and South by the U.S. and the Soviet Union (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?). Within a decade, the French partitioned Vietnam into North and South also. Four artificial nations (i.e. dividing a single people into "foreign" nations) were thus created in Southeast Asia by outsider nations who declared themselves to have the right to meddle anywhere on Earth (see The Boundary Law; also The Mexican Border Wall).
1945: Hideki Tojo, Japanese prime minister during most of the Second World War, attempted suicide rather than face a war crimes tribunal. The attempt failed and he was later convicted and hanged. Among the specified war crimes that he was executed for was waterboarding of prisoners of war.
1974: To prevent further criminal prosecution of Richard Nixon, President Gerald Ford granted the former President a full pardon for "any and all crimes that he may have committed while in office." Gerald Ford was the only politician to hold the offices of U.S. Vice-President and then President - without ever being elected to either position.
1991: The Republic of Macedonia became independent.