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Rise and fall of King Solomon

"Solomon son of David established himself firmly over his kingdom, for the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great." II Chronicles 1:1

Solomon was the most wisest and majestic king on all the earth. God loved him even at his birth. ",,, Bathsheba gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved him (II Samuel 12:24). Solomon succeeded his father king David. The Lord made him strong in his throne. The Lord told him, "Ask me what you need and I will give it to you" (II Chronicles 1:6-8). Solomon asked for wisdom but the Lord gave him wisdom, knowledge, riches and honor. Thus, Solomon’s life started gloriously with several attributes.

Solomon had wisdom which was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. He also had very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore (II Kings 4:29, 30).

Similarly, he had abundant food in his palace. His daily provisions were thirty cors of fine flour and sixty cors of meal, ten head of stall-fed cattle, twenty of pasture-fed cattle and a hundred sheep and goats, as wells as deer, gazelles, roebucks an choice fowl (I Kings 4:22,23).

The magnificent temple and palace built by Solomon symbolized his splendor. He built many leading cities, assuming control of vital trade routes. He was so opulent that during his period silver was treated like stones and all his personal weapons were made of gold.

His early days depict him as a prayerful person. During the dedication of the temple, when Solomon finished praying, fire came down form heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple (II Chronicles 7:1). The fire from heaven and fullness of God’s glory indicated that God was well pleased.

His judgmental insight was praised by the neighborhood kings also. His subjects held him in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice (I Kings 3:28).

What went wrong with a liveliest, wealthiest and most contented king. His wealth became a snare to him. He seemed unable to control his excesses. Reared in a palace, he loved luxury. He was extravagant in his love life too. First, he married the daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh which indicated that he was relied on military alliances rather than God for the defense of his country.

The children of God are forthright warned against the marriage with unbelievers. Solomon defined the warning of God and married many women. In his old age, his wives led him astray (I kings 11:4). To please his wives, Solomon committed a final and terrible sin – he built altars to all their gods. The one who had built the Israelites’ greatest monument to God fell down to worship heathen gods. Apparently it did not occur to Solomon to turn pharaoh’s daughter to the worship the true God.

The life of Solomon teaches a few vital lessons for our lives. We should realize that the wealth and wisdom are given by God, and that we should not become slaves to them. Increase in wealth makes a person ruthless and also make him to lose the fear of God. We feel we can achieve anything through wealth and we do not need God. The truth is that the almighty God can changes our lives overnight and make us the most insignificant person of this earth.

You are forbidden from marrying unbelievers. Do not think that you can change the life of your spouse. If you can, there is no other joy greater than that. But at the same time, in most cases, we hear the pathetic woes of several believers who end up crying all through their life by marrying unbelievers. Your spiritual life will cringe into almost nothing. Is this what you want? If a person like Solomon can end up his life as unbeliever how much more will you be vulnerable to the pressures of your spouse. Therefore, take this message as a word of caution in choosing your spouse. Seeing outward appearances would ensnare a person into a spiritual abysm. We know lot of people who are rich or very fair. But their family lives are shattered. Hence, while choosing a partner wait at the feet of God and take the advise of your pastor. If you choose a partner within the will of God, the relationship would weather the test of time and give joy and harmony.

To get wisdom, knowledge and wealth wait at the feet of God.

May the Lord God increase you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised.

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