1 Kings 10: The Queen of Sheba shows up to meet and test Solomon. We then learn all about Solomon’s amount of wealth. I️ still struggle with this part of the Old Testament considered the fact that wealth doesn’t seem to be as valued in the New Testament.
1 Kings 11: So…we learn that Solomon had 1000 wives. Seriously, 1000!!! This makes me think again about people who selectively choose parts of the Bible to support their view of marriage between one man and one woman. They tend to not address the fact that many people had multiple wives.
Of course, the fact that Solomon had so many wives, he began to worship other Gods and this was a big no-no. So God made it clear that Solomon’s son would lose the majority of Israel, but will keep control over one tribe because of the things that David did for God.
Solomon dies at the end of this chapter. For someone who was so wise, he made a pretty big mistake when he started to worship other Gods. It makes me wonder how wise he really was in the end.
1 Kings 12: Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, was his successor. The people tried to make a type of deal with him for them to not work as hard and his younger advisors pretty much said no deal. The people left and Rehoboam became King of just Judah. Jeroboam became King of the rest of Israel. Rehoboam was preparing to go to war, but God talked his soldiers out of this option. Jeroboam didn’t like that his people would have to continue to do their sacrifices in Jerusalem, so he built two golden calves. He did some other things that were questionable, like appoint illegitimate priests, declare a different festival calendar, etc. Now we are seeing the downfall of Jeroboam.
2 Corinthians 13: A final warning to the people that he will not show mercy on his third trip if they continue to sin against Christ.