Monday, October 10, 2011

Solomon: Loving Fast Horses & Beautiful Women, Just Like Daddy

David had a perfect heart, but played around the limits of what God forbad.  His son Solomon lost his integrity following his daddy.  How? God prohibited Israel’s kings from multiplying horses and wives. 
            He shall not
[1] multiply horses to himself, nor
[2] cause the people to return to Egypt… Neither shall he
[3] multiply wives to himself… neither shall he
[4] greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.  (Deuteronomy 17:16-17)
David in the spoils of war killed many of the horses, but reserved horses for a hundred chariots.  (2 Samuel 8:4)
When David perceived that God had established him as king he already had multiple wives. (2 Samuel 3:3)  But he took even “more concubines and wives.” (2 Samuel 5:13) 

David had these blind spots or ignorance.   But ignorance is not bliss.  David could have said, “It’s just a little thing; it won’t matter.”  
 Solomon imitated his Godly father's sins of ignorance.  But Solomon sinned much more.  For he not only had 1,400 chariots and even more horses [sin 1], but he also had a fine business giving horse rides for the people to go down to Egypt [sin 2].  Solomon went far beyond David’s sin not only in the quantity of horses, but in that he caused the people to return to Egypt and multiplied the silver [sin 4] so that it was as stones in abundance. (1 Kings 10:26-29)
 And like his daddy, Solomon had an unusual love for women.  And his 1,000 wives, queens, and concubines [sin3] turned his heart from God.  So David’s heart was perfect (v. 4), with some small sins of ignorance.  But ignorance is not bliss, for our children following our mistakes could lose their souls over it.  Or at least they could lose God's blessing in their lives.       -Phillip


Sherry L Dickinson said...

Dear Phillip,
I am laughing even now about your confusion over the words loose (your shoelace is loose.) and lose (don't lose your money!). And, you are laughing because I don't know the Spanish language. But what with trying to keep everything straight in two different languages, you can be excused for getting mixed up once in awhile. I am mixed up these days, in my one language of English!
I'm trusting Jesus to help, keep, and guide your family in the busy days ahead of you.
Much love, Mom
PS - And, Jesus, please take care of litle sick Elijah. Do help all to be well in his small body. We are trusting you, King Jesus, to take care of this family as they do your will.

mmsbryan said...

Your elaborating on Word's of Wisdom was very well done. Should be in print for more to read. God has blessed you with a way with your pen. I love you, Moma

The Dickinsons said...

Sherry (Mom Dickinson):
Thanks for being faithful to do as I've asked and point out my errors for me to correct. I think that I got it fixed.

Martha (Mom Bryan):
Thank you for your kind words. I wish everybody thought I were as good a writer as my mothers do.

We love and miss you both gobs, Phillip

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