Rules Have Reasons

Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and did not wholly follow the Lord, as David his father had done. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Molech the abomination of the Ammonites, on the mountain east of Jerusalem. And so he did for all his foreign wives, who made offerings and sacrificed to their gods. 1 Kings 11:1-8.

God had told ALL his people not to marry foreign women. Then He had Samuel write it down in the Kings’ Instruction Manual, so the king would not think he was exempt. He had warned them because these women, steeped in the idolotry of their people, would continue to practice it, and draw their husbands into it.

Solomon, because of his great wisdom, and how all the other rulers fawned over him, must have thought he could overcome that temptation. He presumed so much as to take 700 wives. and if that’s not enough, he had 300 concubines. What an ego!

Being smart does not make you godly. It makes you second guess the creator of the universe, and turn away from Him. This is why you put your devotion to God first, and not use Him as an accessory. No matter how much smarter you, who are dust, are, you are only smarter than the other dust. One day you will die and stand before the Creator of the universe with your term paper on the death if God, and it will not go well

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