SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- In the first 10 verses we see that now that Solomon has the temple and his place build, he is able to give more attention to leading the nation. He begins to rebuild and settle some towns that had been partially destroyed and abandoned.
- Solomon married a foreign woman who believed in and worshipped foreign gods (verses 11 and following). This was strictly prohibited by God (see Deuteronomy 7:3-4).
- We can see that Solomon knew it was wrong since he would not let his new wife live in "King David's palace" because it was considered a holy place, and having a wife who worshipped other gods there would not please God.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- God did not want His people marrying people who worshipped other gods because he knew it could easily lead the believing spouse away from Him. It was even more dangerous for a king to marry someone else, as his wife would be in a position of influence and could contaminate the entire nation with her false beliefs. All of that is exactly what happens with Solomon and Israel. Marrying a non-believing wife led to Solomon's downfall, and pushed Israel away from allegiance to God.
- If you are single you need to look for people to date, and potentially marry, who share your faith and will lead you closer to God instead of pulling you away from Him.
- If you are a parent, you need to teach your children to only date and marry people who share their faith and will lead them closer to God.
- Solomon got so many things right, but in this one critical area of his life he blatantly disregards what God says. The consequences of this disobedience were not restricted just to this one area of his life, they bled over and wreaked havoc on every area of his life. We need to realize that having one area in our lives where we allow ourselves to disobey God will eventually mess up every area of our lives.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Where are you allowing yourself to ignore what God commands? Realize that God loves you and wants you to live the best life possible. When He tells you to not do something it's for your best. Not obeying God dishonors Him and it really hurts you. Take some time to talk to God about this. Ask for forgiveness, repent of your disobedience, and ask Him for help in living out all of His commands.