Vs. 10, “Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the LORD’s command.” What a tragic ending for King Solomon! It was Solomon who built the temple to worship the LORD, and yet here he is turning to other gods. The LORD had specifically instructed His people to not take foreign wives (Deuteronomy 7:1-14). Because of Solomon’s sin, it was the LORD who would raise up enemies against him (vs. 14-25); Hadad the Edomite (Esau’s descendant) and Rezon from Syria. Both Hadad and Rezon would give unrest against Israel. God would send the prophet Ahijah of Shiloh to deliver a dramatic message to Jeroboam (vs. 26-40) that he would rule the ten northern tribes (everyone except Judah and Benjamin). Jeroboam had found favor with Solomon and was put in charge of the labor force. This position would enable Jeroboam to gain favor with the overworked and overtaxed people. Though the LORD would promise Jeroboam success in his dynasty, His promise to David’s line would still remain. Solomon’s son Rehoboam would take over the southern kingdom after his death (vs. 41-43).
Regarding application…Divided Heart. Vs. 4, “As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been.” Though Solomon possessed great wisdom, he did not live it. Question: Why? His heart became divided because he married women who did not believe in the LORD. Their negative influence would lead Solomon astray. This reminds me of the Apostle Paul’s admonition, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers…” (II Corinthians 6:14). It is a dangerous thing to start relationships with unbelievers. Many good intentioned believers wholeheartedly think their positive influence will win their relationship/spouse over to the Lord. While there are cases of success, the slippery slope is obvious. The precedent has been set and we would be wise to consider how relationships can divide our heart. If you are not married, please pray that you would seek a godly spouse. If you are already married and your spouse is not, God can bless that (I Corinthians 7) if we put our trust in Him.