Summary: Perhaps the fall of Solomon is one of the most distressing stories in the history of mankind. Here was a man who started out well but finished shamefully. Fifteen points.
Avoiding Solomon’s Slippery Slope (I Kings 11:1-41)
Disobedience has many biting consequences. No one’s life gives us a clearer picture of this principle than Solomon’s slippery decline.
Perhaps the fall of Solomon is one of the most distressing stories in the history of mankind. Here was a man who started out well but finished shamefully as recorded in I Kings 10 and 11.
At the conclusion of Solomon’s reign as king his relationship with God waxes and wanes as he compromises with his wealth, his wives and his relationship with God. "Now the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice." We find God saying to Solomon, "I will tear the kingdom away from you" (1Kg 11:9-11). In consequence, the kingdom became divided into two kingdoms, Solomon’s house retaining the smallest one.
Illustration: Disappointment is always a surpise. Best to make preparation to mitigate against it.
Early in my career as a doctor I went to see a patient who was coming out of anesthesia. Far off church chimes sounded. “I must be in heaven,” the woman murmured. Then she saw me. “No, I can’t be,” she said. “There’s Dr. Campbell.”
Lenore Campbell, M.D., in Medical Economics
The first sign of the deterioration, decline and self-destruction that signals disobedience is a loss of one’s intimate relationship with the Lord.
Regardless of how strong you think your walk with God might be, anyone, like Solomon, may let it slip by not paying sufficient attention to God’s word daily. A wholehearted devotion to God is necessary, and we cannot divide our loyalties between God and other things.
The following are the ways that Solomon gave in to the slippery slope of temptation and experienced the destruction, disaster and displeasure of God:
1. Solomon at first resisted the pressure of his 1000 wives to worship idols but eventually moved to toleration, rationalization, identification with sin and eventual compromise.
"Now it came about when Solomon was old that his wives turned his heart away from God and his heart was not wholly devoted to the Lord his God as the heart of David his father had been." (2 Kings 4:4) Before we allow pressure to overwhelm us we must counter-act it by overcoming evil with good and not simply co-existing with its influence, presence or philosophies in our mind.
2. Solomon tried to accumulate things that gradually became his delight instead of God, His word and His will. Avoid thinking that you can stock up on other things that will become your security, satisfaction and source of success instead of the Lord. Solomon spent his life hoarding the following:
(1) Gold and silver
Solomon accumulated enormous quantities of gold, and his kingdom had so much silver that it was counted as common as stones (1Kg 10:14-21,27).
(2) Thousands of horses
Solomon’s stock and trade in horses from Egypt was huge (1Kg 10:26,28-29).
(3) A thousand wives
Solomon had 700 wives. These were daughters of foreign kings. He also had 300 concubines (1Kg 11:1-3).