1 Kings 10-11 “The rise and fall of Solomon”
Chapters 10 shows how successful and wise Solomon was with these verses
4-5 “when the Queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, their clothing, his cup bearers, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the LORD, there was no more breath in her”
Notice how these are basic things: house, food, servants, and clothing. Also, the way sacrifice was to be done was prescribed. But in these things she could see the wisdom he had. The wisdom that God gave him was so awesome and impressive that she could see it in the food he ate and the clothes his servants wore! In fact it took her breath away how wise he was.
14-15,21,27 “the weight of gold that came into Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold, besides what came from explorers and business and from kings of the west and from governors of the land…silver was not considered as anything in the days of Solomon…And the King made silver as common in Jerusalem as stone, and he made ceda as plentiful as the sycamore…”
Here is a little math 1 talent = 75lbs 666 talent = 49,950 lbs….in one year…not from exploration, business, government or even from kings in the west. Also silver was value as a rock. In other words, silver was worthless becasue the kingdom was so wealthy under Solomon
The downfall of Solomon is described in Chapter 11
“Now King Solomon loved many foreign women…from the nations concerning which the LORD had said to the people of Israel, ‘You shall not enter into marriage with them…for surely they will turn your heart away after thier gods…and his wives turned away his heart. For when solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the LORD as his God, as was the heart of David his father.”
I was thinking about that last line “as was the heart of David.” Though Davids sin was terrible and horrifying, as is all sin, his sin did not take him to other gods’s. David still clung to the LORD wholly and he did not go after the same type of women Solomon did (foreign and forbidden).
11:39 “And I will afflict the offspring of David because of this (what Solomon had done), but not forever.”
Here God is showing again that His covenant is in that Davidic line and that He will never vanquish that.