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11:1 King Solomon fell in love with many foreign women (besides Pharaoh’s daughter), including Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites. 11:2 They came from nations about which the Lord had warned the Israelites, “You must not establish friendly relations with them! If you do, they will surely shift your allegiance to their gods.” But Solomon was irresistibly attracted to them.

11:3 He had 700 royal and 300 concubines; his wives had a powerful influence over him. 11:4 When Solomon became old, his wives shifted his allegiance to other gods; he was not wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord his God, as his father David had been. 11:5 Solomon worshiped the Sidonian goddess Astarte and the detestable Ammonite god Milcom. 11:6 Solomon did evil in the Lord’s sight; he did not remain loyal to the Lord, like his father David had. 11:7 Furthermore, on the hill east of Jerusalem Solomon built a high place for the detestable Moabite god Chemosh and for the detestable Ammonite god Milcom. 11:8 He built high places for all his foreign wives so they could burn incense and make sacrifices to their gods.

11:9 The Lord was angry with Solomon because he had shifted his allegiance away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him on two occasions 11:10 and had warned him about this very thing, so that he would not follow other gods. But he did not obey the Lord’s command. 11:11 So the Lord said to Solomon, “Because you insist on doing these things and have not kept the covenantal rules I gave you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant. 11:12 However, for your father David’s sake I will not do this while you are alive. I will tear it away from your son’s hand instead. 11:13 But I will not tear away the entire kingdom; I will leave your son one tribe for my servant David’s sake and for the sake of my chosen city Jerusalem.” – 1 Kings 11:1-8

Solomon became a prime example of worshipping himself as his life went on. As we read 1 Kings 10 and 11 we see that he is accumulating greater wealth and prestige than any other king on earth. He has literally become world renowned. However, this wealth and prestige does not seem to be his downfall. Like many men in that day and today, Solomon liked beautiful women. It says he had 1000 women that he was either married to or were his concubines (You have to wonder how he could be considered so wise. No man in their right mind things they can handle this many women.) Solomon was not worshipping himself because of power, money, prestige, possessions or any of the other earthly things we often think about. Solomon was worshipping himself because he was thinking with another part of his body (no further explanation should be needed, nor will it be forthcoming.) I think this particular problem is much more prevalent in our society than we want to admit. In Solomon’s case it caused his to begin worship and build shrines to false gods. In many peoples case, it leads them to focus more on themselves than on what God would want for them.

Heavenly Father,

We have a world filled with pornography and sexual images. It is virtually impossible to be alive and not find yourself flooded with these images each and every day. I pray that you would protect your people from themselves. Help us to focus on you and not the perversions and priorities of this world. Thank you for your everlasting love. I love you Lord. Amen.

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