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Where Compromise Takes You     1 Kings 11:1-13 Dec. 26, 2010


      What caused Solomon’s downfall? Was it women. pride, sex. money, prestige or can we say all of the above and then some? This is a good example of Where Compromise Takes You.


1.   Compromise . . Calls One Away from God. 11:1-3 

       A.   God . . Detailed A Warning about Foreign Women, 11:1-2a

       1. King Solomon loved many foreign women in addition to Pharaoh's daughter: Moabite, Ammonite,

       Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women 2 from the nations that the Lord had told the Israelites about, "Do

       not intermarry with them, and they must not intermarry with you, because they will turn you away from Me

       to their gods."


       B.   Solomon . . Disobeyed The Warning about Foreign Women, 11:2b-3

“. . . Solomon was deeply attached to these women and loved them. 3 He had 700 wives who were princesses and 300 concubines, and they turned his heart away from the Lord.

      Sometimes a compromise can be worked out but rarely if ever should it include a compromise about sin. The command God specifically gave to Solomon; detailed the dangers of compromise. Many of the women Solomon got involved with were prompted as financial deals with other countries. Solomon flat out disobeyed God. Did he try to privately explain it away or make some kind of excuse? Perhaps he tried to compare himself with other kings and kingdoms. Maybe he said others are doing it why not me? Or maybe he said well it really isn’t so bad and it will not take me away from my relationship with God. Maybe he said that when he had 100 or 200 hundred women, but how could he possibly think he was alright with 1,000? The bottom line is that he received a specific command from God about foreign women and a warning which called out to him the specific dangers of intermarriage. God knew these strange women would turn his heart away from the truth of God. And Solomon disobeyed.


2.   Compromise . . Causes A Divided Loyalty. 11:4-8

       A.   Solomon’s Wives Caused Him To . . Follow False gods. 11:4-6

4 When Solomon was old, his wives seduced him to follow other gods. His heart was not completely with the Lord his God, as his father David's heart had been. 5 Solomon followed Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Milcom, the detestable idol of the Ammonites. 6 Solomon did what was evil in the Lord's sight, and unlike his father David, he did not completely follow the Lord.


       B.   Solomon’s Wives Caused Him To . . Fortify the Practices of His Pagan Wives. 11:7-8

7 At that time, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh, the detestable idol of Moab, and for Milcom, the detestable idol of the Ammonites on the hill across from Jerusalem. 8 He did the same for all his foreign wives, who were burning incense and offering sacrifices to their gods.

       How could a man with Solomon’s encounters with God become as disloyal as he did. He knew the Lord was the only true God but his marrying these women turned his heart away from God and he followed after the practices of these false religions. He neglected public and private worship experiences in the temple and with the true God. The wives he married and the concubines added up to 1,000 women who represented some interest in pulling him away from the true God. All these women led him to fortify the practices of their false religions. The building of the high places of worship help these women to worship in their traditions, and caused a divided loyalty for Solomon and Israel.


3.   Compromise . . Crumbled the Effects of God’s Appearances to Solomon. 11:9-13

       A.   The Crumbled Affect Led Solomon to . . Disobey. 11:9-10

9 The Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the Lord God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 10 He had commanded him about this, so that he would not follow other gods, but Solomon did not do what the Lord had commanded.

       B.   The Crumbled Affect Led God to . . Divide the Kingdom. 11:11-13

11 Then the Lord said to Solomon, "Since you have done this and did not keep My covenant and My statutes, which I commanded you, I will tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.

       12 However, I will not do it during your lifetime because of your father David; I will tear it out of your

       son's hand. 13 Yet, I will not tear the entire kingdom away from him. I will give one tribe to your son

       because of my servant David and because of Jerusalem that I chose."

       The loyalty to God and the example of Solomon to all of Israel crumbled as Solomon disobeyed so blatantly. How could he have known God with two special appearances and the blessings God alone could give and then disobey as he did. It is easy to look at others and judge their sinful actions and for people to neglect an analysis of their own obedience. But we need to learn from bad examples as well as the good ones. God decided to teach Solomon and Israel a lesson by causing the kingdom to be divided. As Solomon looked back over his life he realized his disobedience caused this division and would ultimately lead to the captivity of Israel. It would be easy for him to testify from personal experience Where Compromise Takes You. Amen? Amen!