Verse 2 – Does not God give us clear warnings not to do something? Not only does He warn us, He tells us what will happen if we do the thing He has warned us about. Solomon disregarded God’s instructions about intermarrying with foreigners. He didn’t marry just one foreign woman; he married seven hundred and had three hundred concubines. God knows our weaknesses and our strengths. He knows what will cause us harm. Anything that draws us away from “All Mighty” will eventually destroy us. We have an entire Bible to know and learn His ways. Solomon, on the other hand had spoke to God twice and been given instructions and was the wisest man who ever lived yet look at the choices he made.
Verse 3 – We all have weak spots. Solomon’s weak spot was lust and he couldn’t say no to compromise. Solomon’s foreign wives led him into idolatry. Temptation will strike in our weak spots. If Solomon could fall into temptation, so can we.
Verse 4 – In marriage and close relationships it’s difficult to resist pressure to compromise. Sometimes our love leads us to identify with the desires of those we care about. At first, Solomon built the high places for his wives to worship, but eventually joined them in idol worship. So many times Christians start a serious relationship with those who are non-believers thinking they can change them only resorting to changing themselves—away from God.
Verses 5-8 – Ashtoreth was a goddess that symbolized reproductive power—a mistress of the god Baal. Molech was the national god of the Ammonites, called “detestable”—child sacrifices. The Israelites had been warned against worshiping all other gods and Molech particular (Exodus 20:1-6; Leviticus 18:21; 20:1-5).
Verses 9, 10 – Solomon didn’t wake up one day and decide not to follow God. It was a gradual process beginning with the decisions he made. Neither do Christians backslide from one day to the next. It can start with one small compromise. We make excuses as to why we are doing something or not doing something. Solomon’s spiritual coldness started with a minor departure from Gods laws about marriage.
Verses 11-13 – In Psalm 127, which Solomon wrote, it says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builder’s labor in vain.” Solomon had begun by laying the foundation with God, but he didn’t follow through in his later years.
Whether you build a marriage, career, or ministry, God’s principles must remain faithful to God to the end (mark 13:13). Just one compromise could lead to another.
Verses 14-22 – When chastisement comes from God, it is to turn us back to Him. Verse 14 says the Lord raised up an adversary against Solomon, which plainly means, trouble is on its way towards Israel. Edom’s revolt was disturbing the peace of Solomon’s kingdom. Edom was important because it was the strategic route to the Red Sea.
Verses 26-39 – Look what God does. He takes a servant, Jeroboam, and sends the prophet Ahijah to predict the division of Jerusalem. Solomon messed up, big time! This division would not take place though until after Solomon’s death. Ten of Israel’s 12 tribes would follow Jeroboam. The other two tribes, Judah and the area of Benjamin around Jerusalem, would remain loyal to David. Judah the largest tribe and Benjamin, the smallest were often mentioned as one tribe because they shared the same border.