1 Kings 11: The Downfall of Solomon

1 Kings 11: The Downfall of Solomon

There is an interesting contrast between 1 Kings 10 and 11. In 1 Kings 10, a pagan, an unbeliever, meets Solomon and comes away as a believer, saying “Blessed be the LORD your God who delighted in you…” (1 Kings 10:9). Now in 1 Kings 11, we see King Solomon depart...
1 Kings 11: The Downfall of Solomon

1 Kings 10: Disobedience for Glory

Chapter 10 of 1 Kings describes perhaps one of the most significant periods in Israel’s history. Here we discover, for a brief moment, a time of prosperity, wealth, and peace, as King Solomon reigns over Israel with wisdom and righteousness. However, despite the...
1 Kings 11: The Downfall of Solomon

1 Kings 9: Pursue the Lord

Sometime after Solomon’s prayer, the LORD appears to Solomon a second time at Gibeon. In this encounter, He makes clear to Solomon that that this house that was built does not guarantee His presence and blessing. God exhorts Solomon to be obedient and to walk as his...
1 Kings 11: The Downfall of Solomon

1 Kings 8: The Glory of God

The ark of the covenant represents the presence of God to the people of Israel. In 1 Kings 8, having finally finished the temple, Solomon instructs the elders and leaders of Israel to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD into the temple. This was during the...
1 Kings 11: The Downfall of Solomon

1 Kings 3: Seeking the Lord

Solomon established his throne and soon afterward the LORD came to him and said, “Ask what you wish me to give” (1 Kings 3:5) It’s unclear whether there was a cause-and-effect relationship between Solomon’s devotion to the LORD expressed previously (see verses 3–4)...