Do what God wants and learn from mistakes in the Bible
1 Kings 11-12
Incredibly, I learnt in chapter 11, that King Solomon had 700 hundred wives and three hundred concubines; whoa! The problem was, even though the Lord had clearly instructed his people not to marry into those nations where idols were worshipped, King Solomon married girls from different nations anyway.
The result, as God warned, was that these wives encouraged Solomon to worship their gods instead of trusting completely in the Lord as his father David did. King Solomon’s wives led him into idolatry. God was clearly angry with Solomon and so he told Solomon that he would take his kingdom from him and his family and give it to someone else.
Interestingly, though, for the sake of his father David, God promised not to take the kingdom whilst Solomon was alive, but instead take it from his son. And for the sake of David, God allowed King Solomon’s son to be king for one tribe.
King Solomon’s death is recorded in 1 Kings11:41-43. His son, Rehoboam, succeeded him, but got into some trouble and ended up being king of one tribe, the tribe of Judah, as promised by God. Jeroboam became king of all the other tribes and lead Israel into extreme idolatry.
King Jeroboam created golden calves for the people to worship in more local areas so people wouldn’t have to travel all the way to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices at the temple, turning the people away from God and into idolatry.
It is important to do what God wants no matter what the cost in time, energy, reputation and resources. And it’s so important to learn from the mistakes in history. The king and his advisors had clearly not learnt from Israel’s previous mistakes with a calf idol in Exodus 32.