Sunday, January 27, 2013

1 Kings 11:1-6

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.

So last week I was listening to a sermon at One Harbor on this scripture.  It was particularly discussing idols and how our love of idols can ultimately lead us to worship things other than our Heavenly Father.  This is exactly what Solomon did with his wives.  The scariest part to me about the entire thing is that God can totally warn you against these specific idols, and either we can fail to hear Him altogether, or hear Him and still choose to go against His word.  

The pastor used an analogy that I believe will stick with me for quite a while, and one that I wanted to share with you guys...The love and involvement with idols is very much like trying to quench a thirst with saltwater.  God is the only one who can truly quench our thirst.  Once we begin to drink this saltwater, we find it difficult to stop and indeed drink more and more.  What eventually happens if we continue to drink saltwater?  We die.  The same will be true with idols.

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