David, even though he had committed adultery against Uriah the Hittite, and had murdered him is still the standard of a man with a heart for God. The thing which makes a difference is that he did have a heart for God. He loved God, and wanted only to glorify Him. It is seen in his repentant heart and attitude when he comes to his senses about his sins. God even promises David and eternal kingdom, of course, which will be seen in the reign of the Son of David who is Jesus Christ.
In reading 1 Kings 1 – 14 this morning I noticed the rise and fall of Solomon. His rise came as David announced him king rather than Adonijah, so of David’s wife Haggith; who was trying to usurp the throne of David on his own; when it was not a God ordained thing.
Solomon starts off his time of king in a good way. He sets out to build the temple which David has had a heart to build. He has peace with all the surrounding nations; until his heart is turned away from God.
“But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, ‘Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods:’ Solomon clave unto these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father. Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.” 1 Kings 11:1-8 (KJV)
Solomon had began doing what God had given commandment to the children of Israel not to do; that is marry “foreign women” or “foreign men”. Because of his turned away heart he begins to build monuments and temples to idols, which the apostle Paul refers to as “demons”. This leads me to a question. Where did the “turning away” begin?
It began when he departed from the commandments of the LORD. Whether it was because he neglected to remember them, or be reminded of them; the responsibility of doing them was his own. Solomon was a man whom God had given much wisdom; and he shows great foolishness in his departure from God, and he brings ruin upon the nation.
He had had great peace, received much wealth; and because of “A Heart Turned Away” God brings judgment against the nation through outside forces (11:9-25) and inside forces (11:26-40).
Keep in mind that judgment came upon Israel because Solomon departed from the commandments of the LORD. God’s hand was not, and is not turned away from Israel, His grace is still sufficient. He still has plans for Israel.
God’s hand is not turned away from you. He still has plans for you. His first plan for you is that you come to Him through faith in His Son Jesus who died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose bodily from the grave and ever lives as our great High Priest.
Has your heart been turned by departing from the living God; worshipping idols [demons]; who have stolen your heart. Now is the time to turn back from your path of destruction. There is forgiveness, cleansing and renewing only through Christ.
-Tim A. Blankenship