January 02, 2017
Solomon’s Sin Threw The Door Wide Open
1 Kings 3:1 (KJB) And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.
Solomon did not always make wise choices. Neither you or I bat one hundred percent on each choice we make. Wrong choices often seem harmless at first, but as they unravel in our life, we find they can be quite painful and unpalatable. Even leaving permanent consequences or scars engrained into our heart.
The choice spoken of in this verse was Solomon’s decision to intermarry a foreign born woman. Even kings and leaders cannot live above God’s law. Solomon heard both the commandments and promises of God but did not choose to apply all of them into his own life. He chose to intermarry the daughter of Pharaoh King of Egypt rather than marry within his own race as directed by God.
God had a very important reason he issued a command not to intermarry but Solomon did not regard God’s law in his life. Solomon lived in this dangerous pattern which he repeated often by choosing to ignore God’s commandments and divine direction for his life. This allowed pagan beliefs and confusion to multiply and mar Solomon’s life.
Solomon’s marriage went against God’s will and led to a pattern of him having many wives. His choice went against the grain of God’s law and as Solomon’s sin continued to multiply, it succinctly opened the door to pagan religion introduced by his wives into society at large.