Scripture: 1 Kings 11:1-13
As we reflect in this Lenten season on the death and resurrection of Jesus, we are reminded again and again of the faithfulness of God to us and the obedience of Jesus to His Father despite the consequences to Him personally. Jesus was like us I am sure, wanting to be satisfied and comfortable in life. But He was tenacious in His faithfulness to His Father, to obedience no matter what the cost. He knew what God wanted and was faithful to it. In opposition to the faithfulness of Christ is the faithlessness of King Solomon. Read the story in I Kings 11:1-13. Although renowned for his wisdom, he allowed his personal desire (obsession) to overrule the gift of wisdom that God had blessed him with. We read in this passage that God had twice appeared personally to him and so clearly given him His commands. He heard the message but refused to be obedient.
King Solomon had an obsession with women. Pharaoh’s daughter was only the first of many foreign women he loved (v 1). God had clearly warned Israel, “You must not marry them; they’ll seduce you into infatuations with their gods” (v 2 MSG). Solomon, in knowing disobedience to Jehovah God, continued to refuse to give up this obsession and eventually had 1,000 wives and concubines (v 3). This did not happen in one day, but over time. In verses 4-6 of this passage it says “as he grew older” he turned to their gods and openly defiled God by building shrines to these false gods and polluting the land. He surrounded himself with people that had no love for Jehovah. What he probably never imagined would happen in his young life, happened. Little by little, step by step he made decisions that took him away from God and soon he was surrounded by these 1,000 wives and children that lived without Jehovah. How sad. His choices had consequences that not only affected him, but his son, his family and his Kingdom. I wonder how much misery could have been avoided if he had obeyed?
In contrast to this sad, sad story of Solomon is the story of Christ and His faithfulness to His Father, which brought Him to the cross in sacrifice for our sin. Instead of a story of division and loss, it is a story of salvation. This Lenten Season, join in faithful obedience to God as you celebrate the faithfulness of Christ and those around you who have been faithfully obedient to the Father.
Judy Drebert Hart
Faith Covenant Church