We are still noting our second Defense Mechanism
(22) Meet the next Defense Mechanism found in the “Moti Maris of Memphis motherhood manifested by a sexual desire for lust after the opposite sex of the male and female believer.
Solomon thought he was a sexual athlete and none of that caused him to gain any sense of wisdom.
Solomon describes his own failure to wait for his right woman.
So the correct translation says in ECC 7:29 “Behold, I have found only this, that God has made mankind upright [the human race] but man has sought out many devices.
Our last verse is the Hebrew verse upright which is the Qal imperative of the verb jashar which has the following meanings, upright, just, righteous and right.
Now, there’s only one of these definitions which can accurately fit into our translation correctly…….let me show you what I mean!
If the word for man means the human race, man and woman, then the following translation is true. .
ECC 7:29 “Behold, I have found only this, that God has made mankind upright, but they have sought out many devices.”
That’s not true, you and I were not made upright, we were born in sin……..as David said in Psa 51:5.
We know that man and woman have not been made righteous and just and upright by God because we are told that man is born in sin and has a sin nature.
However, God is making man and woman right for each other or right man right woman is a doctrine taught throughout the Bible and therefore it fits under the principle of categorical doctrine.
Psa 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.
PSA 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth.
Prin-Sex between right man right woman is a form of recognition of the greatness of God and the greatness of grace.
The verb “sought” is the piel perfect of baqash which is biqshuw which means to seek diligently or persistently.
Solomon is saying that mankind, men and women, have sought diligently to pervert what God has provided.
ECC 7:29 “Behold, I have found only this, that God has made man and woman right for each other, but they have sought [a frantic search for happiness] out many devices”
“devices” is the noun chis-ha-bo-nowt meaning perversions or distortions.
This refers to the perversions of God’s grace in the design of right man right woman!
When a woman sees her role, her person, her experiences, even the calamities that have impacted her life in the eyes of God objectively and with stability, that person’s world comes together….and that woman can handle it.
I love the story of five year old Mike, who saw his dad’s car drive in the driveway…..so late the headlights were on!
He met him at the door.
And dad was dragging himself through the doorway.
He was so tired he could hardly make it to the recliner.
He finally slumped down and pulled his tie lose and Mike jumped up on his lap and said….“Hi dad, let’s play.”
Dad thought, “Oh no!”
He was at a lost to know quite what to do with his five year old son however, he did know that he didn’t feel like playing!
He looked over on the table and he saw a newspaper which had on the front page a recent moon shot of the world.
In fact, it was in color….and he thought, “Now here’s my chance.”
“Get some scissors Mike!”
Mike went and got some scissors and dad said, “Now look son, we’re going to play a game.”
So he starting cutting out the world into about 20 or 30 pieces.
And he shook up the pieces and said; “Here son, figure this out and tape the world all back together and when you get that world all back together come back and we’ll play!”
So Mike takes off, 6 minutes later…..“I’m back dad, here’s the world, let’s play!”
“Mike, dad said, how did you do that?”
Mike said, “Well, it was easy daddy, you see on the other side was a large picture of a man’s face, and when you get the man put together, the world…….comes together!”
And that is what Solomon is saying in a much wiser way!
”When you put the man together, your world comes together!”
”All we have to do is make ourselves available to the wisdom of God and we will be able to put ourselves together through His grace.”
And God will take care of the world.
”When you put the person together, the world comes together.”
This is why we read in Eph 4:32 “And become kind to one another, compassionate, and forgiving each other, just as God also by means of Christ has forgiven you.”
This is gracious a gracious action toward one another—the interaction of impersonal love among members of the body of Christ as the royal family of God.
This is the capacity for impersonal love for all mankind based on maximum metabolized doctrine circulating in the soul.
”When you forgive someone, you forget it, and move on.”
And you are never motivated by bitterness, implacability, vindictiveness, hatred, or any other reaction to seek revenge.
Solomon became very bitter toward women, who, although they were overtly beautiful to him, were ugly in their soul.
In fact, look at 1Ti 2:9-15 Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments;”
1TI 2:10 but rather let her beauty be by means of good works, as befits women making a claim to godliness.
The more Bible doctrine that a woman has in her soul, the more beautiful she becomes from the divine viewpoint.
In fact, there is no such thing as true beauty in the woman apart from her having Bible doctrine in the soul.
The spiritually mature woman always possesses inner beauty, and that compensates for any lack of physical beauty.
Overt grooming only complements the inner beauty.
Overt beauty without Bible doctrine becomes a facade for ugliness in the soul.
Therefore, overt beauty is meaningless without inner beauty.
The women in Solomon’s Harem did not have the inner beauty created by Bible doctrine, and because of this, they influenced his soul to turn away from doctrine and to turn toward bitterness.
Solomon had a lot of sex with women who did not have divine viewpoint or doctrine resident in the soul.
By the way, if “the Eight Experiments of Man” says that they believe in God, that does not mean that they have doctrine in their soul.
Even if a man or a woman goes to church habitually, that does not mean that they have doctrine in the soul.
Solomon found out the hard way that women without divine viewpoint are petty, implacable, vindictive, and vicious with their tongues.
In contrast, a woman with divine viewpoint has great inner beauty.
In 1PE 3:1 In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives,
1PE 3:2 as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.
1PE 3:3 And let not your be merely external‑‑ braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses;
1PE 3:4 but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.
1PE 3:5 For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands.
1PE 3:6 In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives,
1PE 3:7 You husbands likewise, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman; and grant her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
The word adorn means to decorate, to adorn, to make beautiful, and to make attractive.
But, and ladies there is no extra charge for this is, the woman with divine viewpoint who knows how to properly adorn herself with the use of cosmetics can make herself beautiful.
You may have gone around looking like old Raggedy Ann before you were saved, or like a permanent resident of the hippie generation, but your days of sloppiness are over, once you accept and apply the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior.
This means that the female should be dressed as tastefully as possible.
The active voice of the verb kosmeo implies that when women wake up in the morning they can be naturally beautiful, so you must make yourself beautiful.
The infinitive of purpose means that the purpose of adorning yourself is to make yourself beautiful and attractive and to reflect the divine viewpoint you have within.
Kosmeo means that if you have a feature that is not very attractive, cover it, and if you have a feature that is attractive, emphasize it.
This verse also tells us that all Christian women have the potential to be beautiful; however, because of carnality and wickedness, the modern emphasis is placed on overt beauty gimmicks and so-called sex appeal.
Any man with half a brain would not be a sucker for that, yet that is what Solomon sought.
Clothes do not make the woman; the woman’s inner beauty makes the clothes.
You’ll never see a woman with divine viewpoint who doesn’t know how to clothe her body in the proper way.
In fact, there is a relationship between a sloppy spiritual life and a sloppy appearing woman.
And since the woman is commanded to make herself beautiful, it immediately dismisses the fact that women are born beautiful.
No one is born beautiful because no one is born with doctrine resident in the soul.
Parents might be wild about their baby, but that is just emotional appreciation.
A beautiful woman must think divine viewpoint to be beautiful.
There are always some who think that they are ugly and that there is no hope; however, with divine viewpoint there is always hope.
If a woman reaches spiritual maturity, she will radiate with beauty.
The only women who are ugly are those who have mental-attitude hang-ups.
Just make sure that your beauty improvements on the outside are not the result of a lustful soul that wants to see how many men will be interested in you, but rather are the result of doctrine in the soul.
From time to time advertisements on television and in magazines will propagandize you, ladies, telling you what men like. But you must remember, it is not what men like that counts, it’s what the right man likes that counts.
And if you don’t have a right man now, when the right one that God has for you comes around, he’s going to like the way that you are.
So, be careful how you try to improve the situation; be sure that your beauty improvements are from divine viewpoint and not cosmic opinion.
Paul says that same thing in 1Ti 2, that the woman’s adornment be not merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.
Overt charm and beauty are meaningless without inner beauty. It is the inner beauty of the royal priesthood and the soul clothed with divine viewpoint that makes the woman attractive.
So, these passages teach that the exterior is useless without the interior of divine viewpoint.
Even if Solomon did have his right woman in his Harem that still means that he had over a thousand in his life who were the wrong women in his life.
In fact, even if he did have his right woman right in front of him, he wouldn’t have had the ability to recognize her.
Remember that this is a man who is writing under the ministry of the Holy Spirit near the end of his life.
Ecclesiastes was written when Solomon was old and disillusioned about life.
He was very miserable and very bitter.
Anyone who reads the great prayer of Solomon when he was dedicating the temple, or some of the great statements he made in his youth when he first became king, would have to recognize that he was a spiritual giant at that time.
Solomon was a man with an edification complex of the soul, and in the early days of his reign, he had the potential to go on to further greatness even as his father, David.
Unfortunately, prosperity was too much for him.
Solomon was apparently so attractive as a male that women were constantly falling for the Eight Experiments of Man.
They became infatuated and enchanted with him.
He was handsome, wealthy, powerful, and wise and a man’s man.
The problem is that he followed his father’s negative footsteps of having more than one wife.
Before Bathsheba, David had many wives and concubines and his love life was categorized as ritual without reality: sex without love.
David only became free from his sexual arrogance and polygamy once he married his right woman, Bathsheba.
Once he and Bathsheba finally got married, he remained faithful to her the rest of his life, and it made a great deal of difference with regard to their children.
In fact, David was a lousy father until he married Bathsheba, and he finally settled down and took care of his children.
The Bible also teaches that women are stupid about men.
The fact that so many women fell for Solomon illustrates female stupidity when it comes to the male.
They liked him because he was handsome, rich, he had power, he had a stunning wardrobe, he was very intelligent, and because his celebrity status as king could advance them in life.
They were attracted to him for all the wrong reasons.
On Solomon’s side he liked women for their overt attraction rather than the beauty of their soul.
For this reason, Solomon was plagued by women.
Let’s continue to look closely at the more of the original language of Ecc 7:26 “And I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are chains. One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her.”
The word heart is out of place and this throws everything off.
The original word order is “haa’ishaah [the woman] asher-hiy’ [who is] matsowdiym [a trap]” so it should be translated “the woman who is a trap.”
Keep in mind that Solomon is speaking from bitterness.
Many of you, men, would never regard a woman as a trap.
In fact, a few of you would love for a woman to track you down and trap you.
However, that’s not what we have here.
When a man finds his right woman, he realizes that she is a grace gift from God and not a trap, as in Pro 18:22 “He who fi nds ishaah fi nds a good thing, And obtains grace from the Lord.”
Notice that this verse doesn’t say he who finds a wife finds a good thing, it says he who finds his ishaah or his right woman, finds a good thing and obtains grace from the Lord.
The corrected translation of Ecc 7:26 so far should read, “And I kept on discovering more bitter than death the woman who is a trap.”
Next we have the phrase wacharaamiym libaah, which is correctly translated “her heart [or right lobe] is snares or nets.”
All these women wanted to be number one with Solomon, and so you can imagine the tremendous plots and schemes that must have developed.
A thousand women in his household and they all wanted first place, and that’s natural and normal.
However, when you have a thousand women under one roof and they’re all battling for first place; well, there isn’t going to be any peace at home.
Ecc 7:26 “And I kept on discovering more bitter than death the woman who is a trap, and whose heart [right lobe] has snares and nets” [corrected translation].
This doesn’t mean that all women are crafty; it just means that when a thousand women are under one roof and they all want to be number one, they start to do a little manipulating which is called here, snares and nets.
When it says that her heart is snares or nets it refers to the many hunting nets of the woman, which include her physical beauty.
Remember that the body of the woman was originally constructed or built by the Lord Jesus Christ as a grace gift to the man; and therefore, it is legitimate beauty.
However, when the woman uses her body to trap a man, then it is out of the realm of its original design.
Add to this a smart woman who doesn’t depend upon her beauty alone, but has enough brains to use her personality as a trap as well.
Others are simply clever, and know how to make a man feel important or wanted by appealing to his ego.
All these things, and many more, that were designed by God to make a woman beautiful, become evil when they are used by the woman to trap a man.
However (and never forget this men!), the more nets that are thrown over you, the more helpless you become.
The more affairs a man has with women, the more he is entangled and ensnared in a trap from the female species.
According to Pro 5:22 “A man’s own perversions will trap him, And he will be bound with chains to the feminine idol” (corrected translation).
Each wrong act of sex becomes another link on the chain or thread on the rope binding the man to the idol called sex, which is an idol that can never satisfy.
Eventually, this idol worship destroys the possibility of a wonderful relationship between a right man and a right woman.
However, if this has happened to you, there is a healing process that can take place in your soul, so that you can recover the ability to recognize the man or woman God has designed for you.
But the Eight Experiments of Man that healing process is going to take lots and lots of positive volition toward doctrine, which corrects your thinking.
Psa 107:20 “He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.”
Jer 30:17 “For I will restore you to health And I will heal you of your wounds,’ declares the Lord.”
Pro 3:8 “Doctrine will be healing to your body, And refreshment to your bones” (corrected translation).
So any one woman is not a trap, but women in general who are promiscuous and who fornicate with a man, become a trap to him.
A lot of women become man-crazy and throw their nets over the one they are hunting. Although women generally lack discernment about men, they do know how to ensnare a man when they want to.
This is what happened to Solomon after he had heard the proper doctrines that would have saved him from these traps.
This is a very serious warning to all of us.
You can hear the doctrine, and believe that it is true, but if you don’t apply it, it is absolutely useless.
David taught this to his son Solomon in Proverbs chapter 2 and chapter 6.
PRO 2:10 For wisdom [M.D.] will enter your heart, And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
PRO 2:11 Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you,
PRO 2:12 To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things;
PRO 2:13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness [plan of God], To walk in the ways of darkness [ways of the cosmic system];
PRO 2:14 Who delight in doing evil, And rejoice in the perversity of evil;
PRO 2:15 Whose paths are crooked, And who are devious in their ways;
PRO 2:16 To deliver you from the strange woman, From the adulteress who flatters with her words; [she uses flattery as a net];
PRO 2:17 That leaves the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God;
PRO 2:18 For her house sinks down to death, And her tracks lead to the dead;
PRO 2:19 None who go to her return again, Nor do they reach the paths of life.
Or in Pro 6:20-26. “My son [David is speaking to Solomon], observe the commandment of your father, And do not forsake the teaching of your mother;
PRO 6:21 Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck.
PRO 6:22 When you walk about, they will guide you; When you sleep, they will watch over you; And when you awake, they will talk to you.
PRO 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp, and the teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life,
PRO 6:24 To keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
PRO 6:25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart, Nor let her catch you with her eyelids.
PRO 6:26 For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, And an adulteress hunts for the precious life.
The wrong woman can fake a man right into the grave.
He will go away thinking that she is absolutely wild about him when actually she thinks he’s a nuisance.
She’ll use words to actually make a man feel that he’s the greatest thing in the world when she can’t stand him and can’t wait to get rid of him.
This describes the wrong woman who is male oriented but not grace oriented.
All men have the potential of falling into her trap. The Hebrew word for snares in Ecc 7:26 is mat-sow-diym, which means to be under a curse or to have destructive allurements.
Every wrong woman in your life has destructive allurements.
They may be beautiful, attractive, and scintillating, but these allurements are destructive and not constructive, and the man who falls for them will become a prisoner.
The next phrase, whose hands are chains, is the phrase a-cu-wri-ym — ja-ad-ey-ha-a, which means her hands are used for the art of caressing.
That’s about the nicest way that this phrase can be defined.
In Solomon’s case, they all wanted to hang on to him and not let go of him.
Each woman probably wanted Solomon to get rid of the rest of the Harem so she could have him to herself.
The right lobe or the heart has snares or destructive allurements, which is the soulish way that the woman traps a man into bed.
The hands are used here for the art of caressing, which aids in tempting the man.
In other words, she knows how to use her hands on the man to arouse him.
She has mastered the fine art of stimulating males, any male.
And therefore, her hands have become chains.
One thing that will destroy a man’s wisdom or the ability to look at life from the divine viewpoint is when in arrogance and stupidity he succumbs to the flattery of a woman who is using him for her own advancement or pleasure.
Look at PRO 7:24 Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, And pay attention to the words of my mouth.
PRO 7:25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths.
PRO 7:26 For many are the victims she has cast down, And numerous are all her slain.
PRO 7:27 Her house is the way to Sheol, Descending to the chambers of death.
Solomon could never say that no one ever told him that’s the way women are.
The next phrase in Ecc 7:26 says, “One who is pleasing to God will escape from her,” is translated correctly.
The only word which needs correction is the word escape, which is the Hebrew verb jim-a-a-leet, which means to be delivered, or to be released or rescued.
This is an awesome thought for the men.
No matter how smart you are, there is always one who can hook you or trap you, and only God can deliver you.
How does God deliver?
He does so through Bible doctrine in the right lobe of the soul.
Bible doctrine in the soul counters the destructive allurements in the right lobe of the wrong woman.
And none of us should think that we’re beyond being a villain or a victim here.
Remember 1Co 10:12, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” The average man is easily carried away with his own brilliance, his own intelligence, and his so-called irresistibility.
He is especially vulnerable if he’s rich, or a pretty boy, and too many females have given him attention.
All men at some time are just blind and stupid about women.
This blindness and stupidity can only be rectified by Bible doctrine and the resultant humility.
It is Bible doctrine in the soul that protects both the man and the woman when they’re frustrated and about to stop waiting for the right one that God has designed.
The word for sinner in Ecclesiastes 7:26 is the qal active participle of chata meaning one who misses the mark, one who stumbles, one who falls, one who is seduced, or one who suffers loss of something.
Here it is used to describe the reversionistic believer.
Solomon was such a reversionistic believer; and therefore, taken in by inconsequential women.
The phrase “will be captured” is the niphil imperfect of la-kad-h meaning to be captured, to be caught, or to be trapped. So the entire verse looks like this: Ecc 7:26, “And I kept on discovering more bitter than death the woman who is a trap, and whose right lobe has destructive allurements and her hands are chains.
One who is pleasing to God will be delivered from her, but the reversionistic carnal believer will be captured by her.”
In moving on to verse 27 we see what Solomon discovered after having more sex than anyone else.
Ecc 7:27 “Behold, I have discovered this,” says the Preacher [or the man with the message], adding one thing to another to find an explanation,”
What is he adding up?
All the girls with whom he has had sex!
Now, before we look at this verse, let’s look at a quick profile of Solomon.
Solomon was the recipient of fantastic doctrine from his father in Proverbs 2, 5, 6, and 7.
David spent a lot of time teaching Solomon all of those proverbs that dealt with finding his right woman and protecting him from the wrong woman.
Solomon accepted these things in his youth.
They were a part of his soul structure, but he ended up rejecting these truths after a period of time, and then he went negative toward doctrine.
He went back to the way that the world thinks.
This can happen to any one of us.
You can sit in Bible class night after night and take in the Word of God consistently, and in about two or three months you can revert right back to the way you used to think and the way things used to be.
We are warned of this throughout the scriptures; Isa 29:24 “And those who err in mind will know the truth, And those who criticize will accept instruction.”
Isa 30:1 “Woe to the rebellious children,” declares the Lord, “Who execute a plan, but not Mine, And make an alliance, but not of My Spirit.
ISA 30:2 Who proceed down to Egypt, Without consulting Me, To take refuge in the safety of Pharaoh, And to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!
ISA 30:3 “Therefore the safety of Pharaoh will be your shame, And the shelter in the shadow of Egypt, your humiliation.
2Pe 2:22 “It has happened to them according to the true proverb, A dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”
In Ecc 7, in his recovery from reversionism, Solomon recalls doctrines, restoring to his soul the truths that he had previously rejected.
His life was almost over, but there are countless generations of people after him who might profit by these things.
Solomon’s father, David, also failed in the field of right man, right woman.
The Eight Experiments of Man and his failures were numerous.
He married many wrong women, and also had affairs with many others, until finally he married his right woman, Bathsheba.
David should have just waited for the timing of God, rather than having her seized and then forcing himself upon her.
But even though he tried to do it on his own,
God still gave Bathsheba to David.
David finally wound up with his right woman.
He recovered from his own reversionism, and became a fantastic believer.
Solomon and Nathan were born to David and Bathsheba, as right man and right woman.
Both Solomon and Nathan received the proper doctrine of right man, right woman.
Unfortunately, Solomon rejected it.
1KI 11:1 says, “Now King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women.”
The word loved is the Hebrew verb ahab and it is used here in the sense of affairs.
When ahab is used for the right woman, it is the perfect soul and body coalescence of right man with his right woman.
When ahab is used with zarah (foreign women), it is describing an affair.
The Moabites and the Ammonites were known for performing sexually at early ages.
The Sidonians were the wildest women in the world.
They were the original Canaanites, and were known for having group sex.
The Hittites were very athletic women.
The point is, Solomon had tried all different kinds of women, and God had warned Solomon about making this mistake: 1Ki 11:2.
DEU 17:14 “When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, and you possess it and live in it, and you say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations who are around me,’
DEU 17:15 you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses, one from among your countrymen you shall set as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves who is not your countryman.
DEU 17:16 “Moreover, he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor shall he cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, since the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall never again return that way.’
DEU 17:17 “Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly increase silver and gold for himself.
The phrase held fast is davoc, which means to cling or cleave in the sphere of love and sex.
It has to do with his many sex acts with these women.
1Ki 11:3 “And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away [this is the second time reversionism is referred to by the phrase ‘turn your heart away’].”
Reversionism is not turning your body away from the plan of God and Bible doctrine but turning your heart or right lobe away.
Every Sunday, churches are filled with individuals who have fallen away from the Lord in their heart, although they are in attendance physically, but it is the heart that God is after!
It is written in Pro 23:26, “Give me your heart, my son, And let your eyes delight in my ways.”
Solomon married princesses and therefore aristocracy.
On the other hand, his concubines were those who were beautiful, but not aristocrats of their countries; and therefore, he did not marry them.
Since he married seven hundred of them, he apparently courted more in palaces than at the local pubs and taverns.
1Ki 11:4 “For it came about when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods [notice that this is the third time reversionism is mentioned, when he was young verse 3, when he was old verse 4]; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.”
Having a heart devoted to God does not mean sinless perfection.
It simply means that in spite of any failures or sins, you continue to go forward in the plan of God and not let these things stop you.
This passage says that Solomon’s heart was not wholly devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.
The scriptures testify to David’s devotion to the Lord.
1Ki 4:7-8 “Go, say to Jeroboam, Thus says the Lord God of Israel, Because I exalted you from among the people and made you leader over My people Israel, and tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you.
Yet you have not been like My servant David, who kept My commandments and who followed Me with all his heart, to do only that which was right in My sight.”
1Ki 15:5 “Because David did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.”
Act 13:22 “And after He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testifi ed and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.’
Let’s note quickly Some of the failings of this man who the Bible says kept all of God’s commands and followed God with all his heart to do only that which was right in God’s sight.
The Eight Experiments of Man in 1Sa 21:1-10, David willfully sinned and lied.
The result of his lie was that an entire city was wiped out (city of Nob).
Then he faked madness and made the enemy believe he was crazy, and as a result hundreds died (1 Sa 21:1-15).
Then David failed in his responsibility as the King in 2Sa 11:1. He should have led his troops in battle, but he stayed home in Jerusalem instead, and as a result, there was disaster on the battlefield.
There was also disaster on the home front in Jerusalem.
While he was in Jerusalem in 2Sa 11:2-27, he ended up in certain shocking sins. He committed adultery, he got a man drunk, he committed murder, and he willfully lied.
In 2Sa 6:1-13, he did not honor the Word of God. He purposely disobeyed God’s command about the ark. He ignored the Word of God and men were killed as a result.
In 1Ch 21, David rejected the promises of God and even questioned the faithfulness of God by numbering the people. Joab, his chief of staff, warned him about this unbelief, but he did it anyway.
As a result seventy thousand people died.
He also failed to completely forgive his son Absalom. David, who was oriented to grace better than almost anyone in life, failed to use grace with regard to one he loved dearly.
This, my friends, is the story of the man who the Bible says “kept all of God’s commands” and followed God with all his heart to do only that which was right in God’s sight.
He who never turned aside from anything that God commanded him all the days of his life, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite, and did all of God’s will.”
What does this reveal to all of us?
God did not expect Solomon to be perfect; however, he did expect him to have a heart devoted to God.
The same principle applies to all of us as believers. Sadly, Solomon pursued other gods, as do many Christians today, 1Ki 11:5-7 “For Solomon went after Ashtoreth [who by the way is Venus to you and me, the love god] the goddess of the Sidonians [the wild women] and after Milcom the detestable idol of the Ammonites.
This was their Venus and a sex god.
And Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not follow the Lord fully, as David his father had done.
Then Solomon built a high place for chemosh the detestable idol of Moab [this was a fire god where they would take children—especially orphans—off the streets and then just dump them into the fire at the temple], on the mountain which is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech [another fi re god] the detestable idol of the sons of Ammon.”
In fact, the valley where this was located was called Gehenna, which later on became one of the words for hell.
1Ki 11:8-9 “Thus also he did for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods. Now the Lord was angry with Solomon because his heart was turned away [or reverted, the fourth time reversionism is mentioned in this passage] from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice,”
The Lord appeared to him twice to warn him of his reversionism.
This gives us some idea as to how Solomon ended up being bitter toward the opposite sex.
Ecc 7:28 “Which I am still seeking but have not found. I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a woman among all these.”