Saturday, July 2, 2016

July 2, I Kings 3:1-14

July 2, I Kings 3:1-14

This is Solomon's famous prayer, when he asks God not for personal gains but for wisdom. Through history Solomon's wisdom has been cited yet there are distinct places where he does not exercise such.

The very first verse of this chapter is one example, God strictly forbid marriages between His people and the neighboring pagans yet Solomon marries Pharaoh's daughter. He did this strictly for political reasons. Egypt and Tyre were the most powerful nations near Israel and Solomon marries daughters of both. In Exodus 34 and Deuteronomy 7 God wars not to marry or the wives will lead the sons away form God to idolatry, that's exactly what happens to Israel.  

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