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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.

Solomon's Harem

"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.

11:7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. 11:8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods." (1 Kings 11:1-8 KJV)

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?).

The Division of The Kingdom under Rehoboam

"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.

12:5 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.

12:6 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?

12:7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.

12:8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him: 12:9 And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter?

12:10 And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins. 12:11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

12:12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day. 12:13 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him; 12:14 And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. 12:15 Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the LORD, that he might perform his saying, which the LORD spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

12:16 So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents.

12:17 But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

12:18 Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem. 12:19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

12:20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.

12:21 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.

12:22 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 12:23 Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, saying, 12:24 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD." (1 Kings 12:1-24 KJV)

Fact Finder: When did idolatry begin? When will idolatry end?
See The History Of Idolatry and Trash Day For Idols


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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).

China

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.

The Seven Years War

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).

Cyclones
1923: The Honda Point Disaster. Nine U.S. Navy destroyers ran aground off the California coast. Seven of the ships were lost, twenty-three sailors killed.

1944: Germany began the V-2 rocket bombing of Britain.
After the war, many of the Nazi rocket scientists were welcomed into the U.S., including Wernher von Braun who was the head of Adolf Hitler's liquid-fuel rocket program that was used to bomb Britain (in which thousands of British civilians were killed). The war criminal Wernher von Braun, who later admitted that he had been more than just a scientist (he was a member of both Hitler's political Nazi party and Hitler's war-criminal SS, the "schutzstaffel") worked on the development of NASA rockets (despite the opposition of those who knew the truth about "the NASA Nazi," including many Jews and Jewish holocaust survivors) and U.S. nuclear missiles.

Wernher von Braun

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).

Vietnam

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.





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