Today's text from the ESV Study Bible: 1 Kings 3-4, 2 Chronicles 1, and Psalm 72.It is now over two hours since I began my reading this morning, and I find myself stuck.
Well...Why did King Solomon run off and marry one of Pharaoh's daughters? Moses sternly warned of "returning to Egypt", and also of marrying those outside the chosen of Israel because of the temptation to worship other gods.
We also see that King Solomon has busied himself in gathering chariots, horses, and is now, because of his son-in-law status, in some ways subordinate to the king of Egypt.
We also find King Solomon starting out his kingship with the murder of his internal adversaries.
Yet, on the other hand, we see God pleased with King Solomon's prayer, and grants him wisdom and wealth beyond measure.
King Solomon loved God, yet the early writers put these things that are abhorrent to God in our faces as well.
Why? What are we to learn from this?
This certainly isn't the way we started out our relationship with King David.
Even though King David's sins were great, it seems that we were introduced to David as the innocent young boy who was deeply in love with God. Even, as the Bible tells us, "a man after God's own heart".
Yet here, we start out our relationship with King Solomon with his divided heart already clearly in view!
And therefore, because I can already see his divided heart, I am now greatly struggling to bring any of my attention to what King Solomon might have to say.
Does any of this make sense to you?
I know that King Solomon is human, and therefore possesses a fallen nature just like me. Further, Joseph taught us that God can make good from evil.
I just wonder why these early writers put this stumbling block right in front of our faces in the very early chapters of King Solomon's life?
I read this from Dr. Peter Leithart on the subject, but there is still a great deal of head scratching going on in my mindWhat are your thoughts on this subject?