1 Kings 11* Solomon's wives and concubines, His idolatry. (1-8) God'sanger. (9-13) Solomon's adversaries. (14-25) Jeroboam'spromotion. (26-40) The death of Solomon. (41-43)1-8 There is not a more melancholy and astonishing instance ofhuman depravity in the sacred Scriptures, than that hererecorded. Solomon became a public worshipper of abominableidols! Probably he by degrees gave way to pride and luxury, andthus lost his relish for true wisdom. Nothing forms in itself asecurity against the deceitfulness and depravity of the humanheart. Nor will old age cure the heart of any evil propensity.If our sinful passions are not crucified and mortified by thegrace of God, they never will die of themselves, but will lasteven when opportunities to gratify them are taken away. Let himthat thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall. We see how weakwe are of ourselves, without the grace of God; let us thereforelive in constant dependence on that grace. Let us watch and besober: ours is a dangerous warfare, and in an enemy's country,while our worst foes are the traitors in our own hearts. 9-13 The Lord told Solomon, it is likely by a prophet, what hemust expect for his apostacy. Though we have reason to hope thathe repented, and found mercy, yet the Holy Ghost did notexpressly record it, but left it doubtful, as a warning toothers not to sin. The guilt may be taken away, but not thereproach; that will remain. Thus it must remain uncertain to ustill the day of judgment, whether or not Solomon was left tosuffer the everlasting displeasure of an offended God. 14-25 While Solomon kept close to God and to his duty, therewas no enemy to give him uneasiness; but here we have an accountof two. If against us, he can make us fear even the least, andthe very grasshopper shall be a burden. Though they were movedby principles of ambition or revenge, God used them to correctSolomon. 26-40 In telling the reason why God rent the kingdom from thehouse of Solomon, Ahijah warned Jeroboam to take heed of sinningaway his preferment. Yet the house of David must be supported;out of it the Messiah would arise. Solomon sought to kill hissuccessor. Had not he taught others, that whatever devices arein men's hearts, the counsel of the Lord shall stand? Yet hehimself thinks to defeat that counsel. Jeroboam withdrew intoEgypt, and was content to live in exile and obscurity forawhile, being sure of a kingdom at last. Shall not we becontent, who have a better kingdom in reserve? 41-43 Solomon's reign was as long as his father's, but his lifewas not so. Sin shortened his days. If the world, with all itsadvantages, could satisfy the soul, and afford real joy, Solomonwould have found it so. But he was disappointed in all, and towarn us, has left this record of all earthly enjoyments, "Vanityand vexation of spirit." The New Testament declares that onegreater than Solomon is come to reign over us, and to possessthe throne of his father David. May we not see something ofChrist's excellency faintly represented to us in this figure?
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