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In the Bible, there are few people considered wiser and holier than King Solomon, David’s son who built the first Temple of God. Many stories are told in church of Good King Solomon, and how he was a true and righteous Judge because of his wisdom. It is true that Solomon was a wise King when God first gave him wisdom, but like all men, even Solomon could be corrupted. By the end, he was worse than any King before or after, because he introduced the very things God forbid the Israelites to do, and that God had even told them WOULD happen before he allowed them into the “promised land”. Let’s see what happened to “Good King Solomon”:

Deuteronomy 17:14-20:

This is God telling the Israelites before they enter the promised land, that, WHEN (not if) they will desire a King over them (Instead of God), that King should not build up armies, nor become a polygamist, nor become a rich man, desiring gold.

{17:14} When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God
giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt
say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that [are]
about me; {17:15} Thou shalt in any wise set [him] king over thee, whom
the LORD thy God shall choose: [one] from among thy brethren shalt thou
set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which
[is] not thy brother. {17:16} But he shall not multiply horses to
himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he
should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye
shall henceforth return no more that way. {17:17} Neither shall he
multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall
he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold. {17:18} And it shall
be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write
him a copy of this law in a book out of [that which is] before the
priests the Levites: {17:19} And it shall be with him, and he shall
read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the
LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to
do them:

Now, first, let’s see if Solomon “multiplied horses” in violation to God’s command:

1Kings 4:26 thru 28:

And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his
chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen. {4:27} And those officers
provided victual for king Solomon, and for all that came unto king
Solomon’s table, every man in his month: they lacked nothing. {4:28}
Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries brought they unto
the place where [the officers] were, every man according to his charge.

See, God knew that if the King built up his Armies, it was simply a matter of time before, like King Nebuchadnezzar and others after him, stood and said “I am creator of everything I see”…

Also, let’s see if Solomon built up gold in violation of God’s prophesy:

1 Kings 10:14 –

Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was
six hundred threescore and six talents of gold.

 

Next, note what God warns the Israelites about following the pagan practices of the people of Canaan once they entered:

{18:9} When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God
giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those
nations. {18:10} There shall not be found among you [any one] that
maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth
divination, [or] an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
{18:11} Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a
wizard, or a necromancer. {18:12} For all that do these things [are] an
abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD
thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

However, read in 1 Kings what happened to Solomon and the idolatrous practices he re-introduced as a direct result of multiplying PAGAN wives to himself as prophesied by God:

{11:1} But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the
daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites,
Zidonians, [and] Hittites; {11:2} 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. {11:3}
And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred
concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.

Next, in 1 Kings, read what those wives did to Solomon:

{11:4} 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. {11:5} For Solomon went after
Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the
abomination of the Ammonites. {11:6} And Solomon did evil in the sight
of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as [did] David his
father. {11:7} 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. {11:8} And likewise
did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed
unto their gods. {11:9} And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because
his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared
unto him twice, {11:10} And had commanded him concerning this thing,
that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the
LORD commanded.

Solomon introduced the disgusting pagan practices of all his strange wives, irregardless of their effect. This would lead to the ultimate downfall of Israel and Judah, and cause the people to be carried away to Babylon.

MolechLg.jpgNote that Molech required child sacrifice by burning to the false god, the worst abomination. This was called “passing through the fire”, though, of course, no one successfully did it, and especially not a child. If you look online, you will see that a great hollow statue of a bull-headed figure (back to the “molten calf” worship of Genesis), seated with his arms out, had a great fire place inside of it, and the children were placed on his hands/arms, on the red-hot bronze statue, where they died a horrible death.

Now, look at what happens to Solomon’s kingdom because he turned away from God:

{11:11} 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. {11:12} 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. {11:13} Howbeit I will not rend
away all the kingdom; [but] will give one tribe to thy son for David my
servant’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake which I have chosen.

As you read the 1Kings and 2Kings, you will see abomination upon abomination, from one descendant of Solomon to the next, with a few notable exceptions, that eventually tear the kingdom into two separate factions, which then eventually go into captivity, JUST LIKE GOD WARNED THEM…

In conclusion, even though Solomon is considered the wisest of men, and a good man, that was BEFORE he used his “wisdom” to go after things and belief’s that God specifically told him not to. God’s wish is for all good men to come to him, but he is no respecter of persons, and will pass judgement on all who disobey his commands.

 
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