Daily Word

1 Kings 11

Read 1 Kings 11 – Oh boy – God gave guidelines for the kings of Israel long before there were kings.  Are you ready to dig a little?  Deuteronomy 17:14-20 (the 5th book in the bible) outlines what a king should and should not do – and Solomon blew through all of it.  He had such favor – he had such wisdom – and he messed it all up!  THE KING MUST NOT TAKE MANY WIVES FOR HIMSELF, BECAUSE THEY WILL TURN HIS HEART AWAY FROM THE LORD.  Deut.17:17 (1Kings 11:2 recalled this)  Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines, and sure enough, he starts building shrines for the detestable gods of his wives.  The Lord was very angry with Solomon (11:9) and punishment is served (11:29-39).  Israel will be divided, 10 tribes to the north and 2 to the south, a remnant of the Lord’s promise to David.  Privilege is dangerous, one can easily think they don’t need God.  But the Lord is a jealous God (see Exodus 20:5), and He doesn’t miss a thing.☝️🙏🏻🙌