by Christina Farris
1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;
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.
3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
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.
5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
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.
8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
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,
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 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.
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. The fall of Jerusalem begn at the time of King Solomon the son of King David. King Solomon built a temple for his wives gods and he also worshipped their gods. The location of the mount in Mount Olives. Mount Olives is the same place Jesus prayed. When we think of a holy God, or holy person last location to pray would be where idols had been worship and blood had been poured out in sin to idols/false gods. Yet one must remember that Mount of Olives worship center was destroyed in the time of Josaiah. This mount was also the burial ground for a prophet of God and Josiah left those bones alone. That area no longer exist with idea of idol worship is now changed of a place of prayer and worship to God. Jesus spoke to his Father on the Mount of Olives and to the people that followed at different times in his ministry. Gethesmene is part of Mount of Olives.
What is the significants in scripture of a place of evil, why mention it at all. Solomon was a king who spoke directly to God and still choose evil because basically he wanted the pleasures of this world and not the things of God. Evil was always put out of society by God's people. Why a shift in time period of what was okay and not, it about generational choice. I do not doubt there were still people that worshipped idols. It the same issue in our world today of people turning to Christ only to have others run to bow to an idol based on the life style they rather live like Solomon.
There is a purpose to my rambling this morning, it has to do with the rock of offense. There lays in Zion a rock of offense. The rock God laid that is offense to Jerusalem should not be Jesus, despite the greatest revival ever told in Pentecoste, Jesus is still offensive word to some to others freedom from sin and hope of eternity with Christ and God. For some of you that like to dig Golgatha is said to be a place that Adams bones were found. If I went for symbolism in either location some would say I was in trouble. Then one has to remember what group of people were being ushered into the kingdom of God. The gentile nation was hearing the Gospel, and see the wonders of God before them. The Gentiles were receiving hope for the first time. After all the gentiles were rejected by Israel to help with the building of the temple of God. This is recorded around the 4th chapter of Ezra. We have to remember one more thing the temple mount was not on the mount of Olives. It was on a location of its own in David city, according to some news sources this temple is about to be rebuilt or is in process since 2018. Christ buried same region Adam laid buried, if his bones remained could be found. Remember the flood occurred, so what would need to be prove the land was same location would mean Mount Ararat was a known mountain at the time of the flood. Yet what we might say is the first sin was buried the worship or obedience to the devil was buried during Josaiah time. The mistake of Adam finally buried, and is only resurrected by generations that know not the power of God to destroy. Did evil rise again after Josaiah, of course it did, for Israel went into exile and been returning since 1945.
Solomon was aware of God's power and it did not turn him. Like so many there are people out there with the knowledge of God and no fear of God. At the end of the month comes a day I rather not even mention because it symbolizes the worship of Satan for some and for others just a time of candy. The offense is the worship of idols and false gods to all that believe in God(Jehovah). See his power will reign and he proved his Son was sent to bring peace through the cross. Son returned to teach his people to love even with suffering. No Christian carries this cross well, but the power of God enables one to love that way. It not easy but it is a lesson of forgiveness that must be shared, we need to love like Christ and God and allow people to see the hope of forgiveness is real. What have we done to our Lord through our own trangressions. Have we not been concerned about the power of God and continued to sin. Let us think again Christ did not save us to sin, but because of his grace, he loves us even when we fail. Jesus even comes searching for the lost and those that are backsliden. Let us not deny his power or his grace this day to forgive and power to destroy. Be on the winning side today.
Dear Heavenly Father, I surrender to your power and grace in my life that the devil has no power in my life to destroy your relationship with me. Enable me to obey your truth and your word and not be like Solomon. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Be careful what you hear and see on the news. I do know God is moving in our land with Christ, by the presence of the Holy Spirit. We must remember God allowed the devil to roam even in the garden. He was not allowed to remain in garden, because of his sin either, but he was the one that deceived.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:2 Kings 23:13-20 KJV
13 And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile.
14 And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men.
15 Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder, and burned the grove.
16 And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that were there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the word of the LORD which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words.
17 Then he said, What title is that that I see? And the men of the city told him, It is the sepulchre of the man of God, which came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Bethel.
18 And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones. So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came out of Samaria.
19 And all the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the LORD to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Bethel.
20 And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burned men's bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem.
Isaiah 8:5-22 KJV
Romans 5:14-21 KJV