Week 17   Day 6


How difficult it is

            for a rich man

                        to enter

                                    the kingdom

                                                of  heaven!


Never was more wisdom

            granted to one man

            than to Solomon 

Yet one sinner who repents

            and returns to the Lord

            is wiser than he!



The difference between David and Solomon

            is a matter of the heart 

When David sinned he acknowledged it

            and turned to God for forgiveness 

His heart was soft and pliable 


Solomon did not repent  

            his heart became hard 

            and he forgot the God

            who loved him 

It's like he had lost something

            and never went back to look for it.



Being a follower of God 

            doesn't mean you don't sin

            and turn away from God 

It means you keep returning to God


Keep returning

God wants you back.




                         SPLENDOR, POWER, LICENSE
                       Solomon's wisdom turned to folly.
                                          I Kings l0 & 11


     14The weight of gold that came to Solomon yearly was six

hundred and sixty talents of gold, 15besides that from traveling

merchants, traders, the kings of Arabia and the governors.

     18The king made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with

pure gold.  19 It had six steps and the top of the throne was round,

there were armrests and two lions stood beside the armrests.  

20Twelve lions stood there, one on each side of the six steps;

nothing like this had been made for any other kingdom.

     21Solomon's drinking vessels were gold, not one was silver. 

22The king had merchant ships at sea with the fleet of Hiram. 

Once every three years they came bringing gold, silver, ivory,

apes, and monkeys.  23 So Solomon surpassed all the kings
the earth in riches and wisdom.

     24All the earth sought to hear his wisdom, which God had

put in his heart.  25Each man brought his present:  articles of

silver and gold, garments, armor, spices, horses, and mules,
a set rate year by year. 

     26Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen.  27He made

silver as common in Jerusalem as stones.

     1But Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the

daughter of Pharaoh:  women of the Moabites, Ammonites,

Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites--2from the nations of whom

the Lord had said, "You shall not intermarry with them."

Solomon clung to these in love.  3He had seven hundred wives,

princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned

away his heart  5after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to

the Lord.  5For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of

the Sidonians.  6Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and

did not fully follow the Lord.  7Then Solomon built a high place

for Molech, the abomination of the people of Ammon.  8He did

likewise for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and

sacrificed to their gods.

     11Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, "Because you have

done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes,

I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to

your servant.  12Nevertheless I will not do it in your days, for

the sake of your father David; I will tear it out of the hand of

your son.  13However I will not tear away the whole kingdom;

I will give one tribe to your son, and for the sake of Jerusalem

which I have chosen."

              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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