Friday, March 19th, 2010
"If you [Solomon] will . . . keep all my commandments by walking in them, . . . I shall not leave my people Israel." (1 Kings 6:12, 13)
In his old age, Solomon became unfaithful to Jehovah and began to engage in false worship. (1 Kings 11:4-6) Gradually, Solomon ceased to obey Jehovah’s laws and became increasingly oppressive. This happened to such an extent that after his death, people complained about him to his son and successor, Rehoboam, and requested relief. (1 Kings 12:4) How did Jehovah respond when Solomon became unfaithful? The Bible tells us: “Jehovah came to be incensed at Solomon, because his heart had inclined away from . . . the God of Israel, the one appearing to him twice.” Jehovah told Solomon: “For the reason that . . . you have not kept my covenant and my statutes that I laid in command upon you, I shall without fail rip the kingdom away from off you, and I shall certainly give it to your servant.”—1 Kings 11:9-11.
(Watchtower issue: 8/15/08, 1:4-6)
Solomon is probably the all-time biggest warning example for a servant of God in modern times, since there has never been another era in human history when so many people have had such easy access to the vast amount of material luxuries, recreation, pleasure, and instant gratification that's available to us today. (which in the past, was only enjoyed by royalty for the most part).
It always irritates me so much that Solomon could have been blessed with such a remarkable spiritual heritage, noble lineage, unprecedented wisdom, and a privileged relationship with Jehovah, (on top of all his material prosperity and fame), yet he threw it all away for something so cheap and commonplace as false religion and pagan women who had no love for Jehovah.
But Solomon's example shows that no matter how much intelligence, prominence, wealth, and power a person has acquired in life, it means *absolutely nothing* in the end, if they allow themselves to drift away from God, and fail to live up to his requirements.
What a terrible waste.