Was King Solomon Saved?
Solomon, king of Israel, is considered to be the wisest king who ever lived. Many of his proverbs, chronicled in the pages of Scripture, have been repeated by the world’s thinkers for almost three thousand years. But, despite his wisdom and wealth, Solomon still made some very poor choices.
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Deuteronomy 17 says that a king must not acquire too many horses, have a heart that goes after Egypt where Israel was once enslaved, marry too many wives, or accumulate for himself too much silver or gold.
When you come to the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it and then say, “I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,” you may indeed set a king over you whom the Lord your God will choose. One from among your brothers you shall set as king over you. You may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. Only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the Lord has said to you, “You shall never return that way again.” He shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold. (Deuteronomy 17:14-17)
All of these things Solomon did.
The Bible says:
Solomon had many horses. (1 Kings 4:26-28, 2 Chronicles 9:25-28)
He married an Egyptian princess. (1 Kings 3:1, 2 Chronicles 8:11)
He had over 700 wives and 300 concubines all of whom were pagan. (1 Kings 11:1-4, 2 Chronicles 9:7)
He had one of the richest repositories of gold on earth. (1 Kings 9:11, 14, 28, 10:2, 10-25)
As a result, Solomon became apostate and his heart turned away from God. (1 Kings 11:4-5)
He worshiped the false gods of his many wives instead of the true God of his father David.
Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. So, the Lord took his empire from him.
Many have wondered what ever happened to Solomon when he died. Did he go to heaven or not?
God only knows, for the Bible doesn’t say.
But, in Ecclesiastes, which Solomon wrote at the end of his life, we get the impression that he may have repented. In the last two verses we read:
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)
Words of wisdom…
…when we understand the text.