Even Heroes Suffer Consequences

The following was excerpted from Bill's book, "Overcoming Sexual Immorality."

David and Solomon provide crucial lessons for us –– as pertinent now as they were three millennia ago. We all are aware of David's grievous transgression when he committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband put to death. And also his sincere repentance as recorded in Psalm 51.

Near the end of David's life, he wisely admonished his son ––

"And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever." (1 Chronicles 28:9)

"I am about to go the way of all the earth, so be strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in His ways...so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go." (1 Kings 2:2, 3)

Solomon started his reign by heeding his father's advice. He honored the Lord and obeyed His commands. The Lord gave Solomon great wisdom, enabled him to build the Temple in Jerusalem, and inspired him to write many proverbs.

However, something went wrong. We see that the end of Solomon's life is not as glorious as the beginning. What happened?

When Solomon became king he was admonished to obey the Lord's commands. As king he was supposed to read the Law all the days of his life to ensure he carefully followed all the words of the Lord.

Solomon knew the Law and initially read it often. He was aware that God prohibited marrying pagan wives so his heart would not be led astray. He knew God would not tolerate idolatry.

Looking back, we may wonder how the wisest man in the world could become so foolish. But like many today, Solomon did not heed God's warnings. He allowed lust and compromise to erode his commitment to God.

Instead of trusting the Lord, Solomon made alliances with the nations around him. He married many foreign wives who led him astray.

As Solomon became influenced by his foreign wives, a transition happened. Instead of wholeheartedly serving the Lord, Solomon tolerated the paganism of his foreign wives. He even built high places for them to burn incense and offer sacrifices to their gods.

Solomon's heart was turned after their gods and he participated in their immoral and idolatrous rituals –– setting a devastating pattern for Israel's future kings.

Solomon's lust led to his downfall. If only he and his father David would have heeded God's Word given through Moses hundreds of years earlier, their tragic consequences could have been avoided.

Do Not Despise The Lord

When David sinned with Bathsheba, Nathan said to him,

"Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in His eyes?" (2 Samuel 12:9).

"Despise" (Hebrew bazah) means to treat contemptuously, to scorn, to make of little account.

We despise God's Word and dishonor Him when we live a lifestyle or participate in practices contrary to His will.