King Solomon’s Wives: A Subtle Source of Distraction

King Solomon’s Wives: A Subtle Source of Distraction

Consider the foreign wives of King Solomon

King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, wasn’t so wise with his love life. In all he had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Even worse, many of King Solomon’s wives were foreigners, something God prohibited because he feared they would distract his people from fully worshiping him.

Unfortunately, just as God feared, King Solomon’s foreign-born wives did lead him astray and cause him to turn from God. As a result, Solomon ruined his legacy and consequently his son would lose the kingdom.

When God tells us “no,” there’s a good reason for it. Will we obey him or think we know better? King Solomon thought he knew better and things didn’t work out so well for him.

[Read through the Bible with us this year. Today’s reading is 1 Kings 11-13, and today’s post is on 1 Kings 11:1-13.]

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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.


  • prabhakar rajarapu Posted December 5, 2018 9:56 pm

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    • Peter DeHaan Posted December 6, 2018 6:06 am

      Yes, may nothing distract us from what God tells us and calls us to do.

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