THE RISE AND FALL OF KING SOLOMON
1Cor.10: 1 – 12,“Lord as I run this race of life,Let me be temperate in all things,Put my body in subjection,That I may not be a cast away”
Introduction: Perhaps no man began with more promise than Solomon. Yet a good beginning does not mean a good finish. Solomon drifted and defected — can it happen to us?Yes, but our prayer as we study tonight is that God will make us end well in Jesus name! Amen.
Let us consider one major factor about King Solomon:In 1Kings.1-10, Solomon was literally the king who could do no wrong. But his fatal disease was sin. What caused this disastrous demise in Solomon’s life? In a word, it was COMPROMISE. All his compromises led to a King with an empty heart and a kingdom torn apart.
COMPROMISE: It is the expedient acceptance of standards that are lower than is desirable.
1Kings. 11:1 – 4Compromise is sin and doubles mindedness (Matthew 6:24; James 4:4, 8).
Truth cannot continue in that environment (Galatians 2:4-5). Compromise causes God’s people to be indecisive and faithless (1 Kings 18:21). When one compromises, the heart is turned away from God and one no longer will stand militantly for the truth. Sin and error cannot be met by a soft approach (2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Ephesians 6:10-17). Solomon compromised his life in two crucial areas, all stemming from one sin.
He Compromised His Conduct
At first Solomon had a close walk with the Lord.He built the temple and dedicated it to God (1 Kings 8:14-21).His prayer of dedication is one of the most beautiful in the Bible (1Kings 8:22-53).God continued to remind him of the importance of a daily walk with Him.God told him what he needed to do to receive His blessing (1 Kings. 9:4-9).Yet His greatest error and compromise was with his marriages. An Israelite was not to marry a foreigner, but Solomon had married many (Deuteronomy 7:1-4).a) He had not found one good woman among 1,000 (Ecclesiastes7:28). His problem was that he was around the wrong kind of women.He Compromised His Worship Solomon did not fully follow the Lord (1 Kings 11:5-8). He even built pagan worship centers — no wonder God was angry (Habakkuk 2:18-20).God alone is to be the sole object of our worship (Matthew 4:10).He will not accept second best. We had better be very certain that we do not fall down to the gods of the 21st century.
Let us not forget 1Kings.11:4, it did not just happen, but when he was old, which means the devil can take long to accomplish his mission, hence, we need to be cautious according to Deut. 8:11.