“Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the LORD had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart.” 1 Kings 11:1-3
Solomon’s wisdom was not merely a gift from God. Much of his wisdom was gained by making mistakes. The interesting thing about Solomon is that when he made a mistake, he would go all out and really blow it big time! He was never one to do anything half-heartedly. That is valuable to us because it provides us with someone who we all can relate to—no matter how big our sin. Solomon’s was likely bigger!
When it comes to lust and adultery, Solomon has a lot to say. If he had no experience in these areas, we might just write him off as some guru up on a mountaintop somewhere. But no! Solomon had plenty of experience in these areas—most likely much more than we will ever have. Solomon puts most porn stars to shame. According to the numbers, Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines (concubines were similar to wives but with less commitment). So, he had 1000 sex partners, essentially, that he was providing for in some way. This means that he was on a heavy sex rotation. He, likely, had sex many times a day with completely different women. He liked to keep it fresh! He was a player! His black book was deep! I don’t know anyone who has ever had the bragging rights of Solomon. This guy loved women and loved sex, for sure! Not only did he love women, but he loved variety. He sought women from all nationalities. He was like Baskin-Robbins with so many flavors!
Obviously, Solomon was consumed by his lust and, because of his notoriety and position, he was provided with opportunity to indulge himself to his endless heart’s content. But, sin does not come without a price. Although Solomon had enough money to buy anything he wanted, he would not be able to purchase forgiveness from God. His sinful lust and disobedience from God’s plan for him turned him away from God.
Solomon had a new god ruling in his heart—the goddess of lust, passion, and adultery. She was the antichrist assuming the throne that belonged to God alone.
He worshipped his idols into his old age. But, later in his life, by God’s grace, his heart began to soften. He began to obtain the wisdom of his former days and sought to return to God. As a result, we can glean from the wisdom of a broken life who has experienced the depths of lust as no other man has or likely ever will.
His wisdom will reveal the true end of seeking lustful indulgence. His wisdom will draw conclusions for us regarding what is on the other side of a life filled with selfish ambition. The next 4 posts will be examinations of the wisdom he has written specifically about lust and adultery. May it serve to warn us, enlighten us, strengthen and fortify us. May it drive out the lustful desires that engross us so commonly.
Join me as I sit at the feet of one of the most wise men who ever lived—as I sit with one of the most lustful men who ever lived to tell about it.