December 14 – Today’s Readings – 2Chronicles 7-9 and Proverbs 14
2 Chronicles 8:11 reads; “Solomon brought Pharaoh’s daughter up from the City of David to the palace he had built for her, for he said, ‘My wife must not live in the palace of David king of Israel, because the places the ark of the LORD has entered are holy.”
These were the thoughts and actions of Solomon when he was in the midst of one of the greatest demonstrations of God’s glory the Israelites had ever known. God was giving this king prophetic dreams – His presence was so evident that the priests couldn’t minister – God’s fire was falling from heaven and consuming offerings – God was increasing Solomon’s power and wealth every day… In the midst of all of this, Solomon was flirting with a big problem – harboring an alien wife! – Not a real “alien” of course – but certainly not someone who shared his love for God!
Now for those – who come from Egyptian descent, please don’t get me wrong – I mean absolutely no disrespect to you or your nation of birth – God feels the same love for all people and nations of the earth. The Biblical illustration here is purely figurative – that God had forbidden His people from inter- marriage with “unbelievers” in the same way that He has forbidden the Church from being entangled with a worldly mindset and anti-God sentiment today.
Solomon knew that what he was doing was wrong or he wouldn’t have gone to all the effort to get her out from the presence of Almighty God. The same is true today. When anyone wants to hide something or someone from God, it can’t be a good thing. Think back to Adam and Eve. As soon as they had sinned they hid from God’s presence. Something inside of them said that the Lord would not be pleased. When Solomon hid this woman from God, he believed he was being politically correct but displeasing to God. What he didn’t realize is that this decision would later come back to “bite him”. Get rid of “sin” now – while you have time and don’t wait for it to rob you of what you value most. This is the way with sin – it gets a “toe hold” and then, before you know it, it has taken your very life.
What was Solomon supposed to do as King of Israel? – Well for starters, he was supposed to keep himself right with God and not be mixing it up with the Devil. Remember when Paul the Apostle was saying his good-byes to the elders at Ephesus? (Acts 20:28) “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the Church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.” There’s far too much at stake – we must take heed to ourselves, watching over ourselves so that the Church of God prospers and that disrepute is never brought to the Name of Christ. Solomon could have been the best, and in many ways he was the best – but he allowed a “root” of sin (through compromise) to remain in his life. The result, as we shall soon see, brought disaster to him and to his people.
Do have an “alien wife”, some sin that you have hidden away from the presence of the Lord? What are you going to do about it? Remember “a pet monkey” that you feed and leave on your shoulder will soon become a gorilla who will choke you to death.