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April 19 - Evening

"King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites,

'You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.'

Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love.
He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and
three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites.
So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely,
as David his father had done.

On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab,
and for Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites.
He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods.

The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice."

- First Kings 11:1-9

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Solomon's Wives    

David fought wars and subdued foreign powers who threatened Israel. Solomon used his position of strength and influence to form alliances with the nations and secure peace with international powers through arranged marriages. The marriages locally and internationally were created for economic and political benefit of the family, the clan, the tribe or the nation. Deuteronomy 7:3 forbid this practice because it suggested compromise and alliance with nations that possibly God was not blessing due to their pagan worship or unjust culture. Nevertheless, this was a very common part of diplomacy at this time in the Near East.

It is a very impressive statement that Solomon had one of the daughters of pharaoh in Jerusalem as his wife! Israel must have been a world power and Solomon had surely impressed Egypt because the daughters of the pharaoh were rarely given in marriage and, if they were, they went to the imperial powers and not to local chieftains or wannabe players in the international game. Solomon was indeed a power to be reckoned with militarily and economically as can be attested by this simple statement in 1 Kings 3:1:

“Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt and married his daughter. He brought her to the City of David until he finished building his palace and the temple of the Lord.”

The Pharaoh, Solomon’s father-in-law, would have been either Siamun or Psusennes II the last kings of the 21st dynasty that was overthrown by Shishak (1 Kings 11:40; 14:25-26) of the 22nd dynasty. The city of Gezer was a dowry gift from Pharaoh to Solomon at the time of his marriage to Pharaoh’s daughter. The city had been burned and taken from the Canaanites by Egypt to help opened up and secured strategic trade routes for Egypt:

“Pharaoh king of Egypt had attacked and captured Gezer. He had set it on fire. He killed its Canaanite inhabitants and then gave it as a wedding gift to his daughter, Solomon’s wife.” – 1 Kings 9:16

Solomon also brought in other woman from other nations as assurances of peace treaties and trade agreements which included many nations that God was not pleased with: Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and Hatti from Anatolia.

The wives were not God-fearers or worshippers of YHWH, but were instead followers of their pagan cultures, false gods and corrupt philosophies which were not cohesive with Israel, YHWH and the truth of God’s revelation to Israel. Foreign gods were brought into Jerusalem to be welcomed with their own temples, incense and sacrifices. Altars were built for their worship of these gods:

Ashtoreth, goddess of Sidon (known as Ishtar in Syria/Mesopotamia and as Astarte in Phoenicia), the fertility goddess and consort of Baal. She is the “Queen of Heaven” in Jeremiah 7:18 and 44:17-19

Molek, god of Ammon (also in Syria and known as Baal among the Canaanites), is associated with child sacrifice in both the Bible and inscriptions in Carthage.

Chemosh, god of Moab, is credited on the Mesha Stele (or, Moabite Stone) with giving the Moabites the victory over Israel that is also recorded in 2 Kings 3:4-8.

Molek, god of Ammon and Phoenicia to whom Israel eventually sacrificed their infants in the Hinnom Valley (2 Kings 23:10; Jeremiah 32:35)

Besides the fact that Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines, the other shocking revelation in this passage of scripture is that, "On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh." This means that visible from the Temple Mount was a bamot, or a "high place," on the Mount of Olives that was built to another god. This bamot would have been a temple structure that included a staircase leading up to an altar built in front of a standing stone with a place to burn incense to Chemosh.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“I do not challenge you to something easy. I do not challenge you to something that has comforts and luxury. I challenge you to something that involves all that you have, but Jesus gave his
all for you, when He died
on Calvary’s Cross.”

– Torrey Johnson








Something to Ponder??

Jesus referred to himself using these names:
- Son of Man (Mt. 20:28)
- Son of God (John 10:36)
- The Way, the Truth, the Life (John 14:6)
- Bread of Life (John 6:35)
- Living Bread (John 6:51)
- Light of the World
(John 8:12)
- Good Shepherd (John 10:36)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Polytropos (Gr) – Many Ways (Eng) – polytropos is Greek word made up of poly, “many,” and tropos, “way.” Together poly-tropos means “many ways” and “many modes.” Polytropos is used in Hebrews 1:1 to say that God provided his revelation of himself and his word to man in a wide variety of ways and not just in a single stagnate stereotypical avenue during the days of the Old Testament.


Nehemiah 3:27 says the Tekoites repaired a section of the Ophel wall opposite the great projecting tower. Eliat Mazar has excavated a section of this NE wall of the Great Projecting Tower. It sets near the Royal Building in the SE area of the Ophel excavation. According to 2 Chronicles 26:9 Uzziah built this tower as additional fortifications for Jerusalem.

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Can I identify false religions and corrupt philosophies that surround me and my culture?
I will know true doctrine and embrace the wisdom of the philosophy
of the reality of the Creator and Savior Jesus Christ.
  "The one who gets wisdom loves life;
    the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper."

- Proverbs 19:8
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An ossuary, or bone box. See a good explanation here.
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