The Foolishness of Solomon.
For a man who had a reputation for wisdom, Solomon was such a fool. How else would you describe a man who married 700 wives and had 300 concubines on the side?
Marriage to one person is complex enough, who then but a lunatic or a fool would acquire 700 spouses?
Solomon thought he was wise but any wisdom that moves you away from depending on God is foolishness. First, he married an Egyptian princess, the daughter of Pharaoh to form a political and military alliance with Egypt, to secure his kingdom. Then he proceeded to marry 699 more princesses, daughters of the kings that surrounded him on all sides. He wanted to form an alliance with his enemies so that there would be peace in his kingdom. It all seemed wise. He got the temporal peace he desired, but at what price?
Remember that God already promised him peace with his enemies. ‘But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign.’ 1Chronicles 22:9.
But instead of allowing God do what He had promised, Solomon wanted to create peace in his kingdom by his own power and through his own human wisdom and it broughy him nothing but calamity.
Each woman he married brought her own idol to his palace. Can you imagine pouring libation to 700 hundred idols? Well, Solomon did this regularly. The bible says he built high places for the idols of his wives.
1Kings 11. King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter–Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites.
They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love…On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods.
One of the idols, molech, demanded child sacrifice and Solomon sacrificed to it. Solomon offered child sacrifices to idols because he wanted to please his wives who were the product of his foolishness and not God’s wisdom.
Solomon wanted security and peace but he ended up compromising his beliefs by his alliance with evil kingdoms which surrounded him. We should understand that only God can guaranty you security, peace and long term prosperity. Alliance with the wicked will eventually fail you.
The bible says when Solomon was old his wives turned his heart away from God. The truth is that the moment he allowed these strange women, with their strange gods access into his life, he was on his way to self destruction.
You may think you are smart by getting close to and forming alliances with evil people who mock at your God and your Christian beliefs. You form an evil alliance with them because of financial, social, business and political advantage. However, these same people will be the tools and instruments the devil will use to orchestrate calamity in your life if you insist on perpetuating, sponsoring these evil relationships.
When God makes you a promise in His word, trust Him, wait on Him to manifest it and make it a reality in your life. What God cannot give you, do not compromise your beliefs or sell your soul to the devil to get it. Don’t be like Solomon who employed carnal wisdom to try to effect divine will. If your wisdom or idea contradicts God’s word, if your wisdom encourages you not to wait on God, if you follow and act on your own wisdom, abandoning scriptural instructions,you are a fool.
May the Lord deliver you from all forms of foolishness which camouflages itself as wisdom.