God’s Favorite

Solomon & Me

Solomon, The Builder, makes for a great biblical story.  I recently had the opportunity to reexamine
the story at a men’s conference held by the Tried
Stone Missionary
Baptist Church
on February 24 of this year.

There was one caveat in the story that applies to just about
every man: we are fallible even in our greatness and divine anointing.  There is no question that Solomon was
anointed by God.  He was the richest man
that the world has ever seen and the ruler of the known world at the time of
his reign.  Solomon was said to possess
the entire spectrum of human understanding available to mortal man on this
earth: thirty-three degrees.

As you may already know, Solomon was the son of David the
great warrior king charged with erecting a house lavish enough to house the
word of God.  The Arc of the Covenant
would rest in the sanctum sanctorum, or holiest of holies, in the temple that
he would construct.  He was said to be
the wisest man in all of human existence, and more than capable of the task
because of his favor with the Lord and magnificent managerial skills.

 Solomon is well-documented in the Bible and holds the
distinction of being both a subject and an author of books associated with the
historical collection from which it is derived. 
His fame is still increased by the rituals and moral allegories that are
based on his great achievements in the oldest fraternity that the world has
ever seen, contained in the rights of passage of Freemasonry.  Solomon wasn’t just great in his day, and his
name and fame are still in popularly used in global culture.

Solomon was a true renaissance man.  He wrote poetry (Ecclesiastes) and was
skilled in the sciences of his time.  Yet
even in his anointing and great importance of his task, a flaw in his character
was allowed to remain and fester. 
Solomon was also a terrible womanizer. 
They say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and as a son of
David, it is easy to see how his impulsive decisions regarding associating with
women could get him into trouble.  The
Bible says that Solomon had 700 wives and princesses to go along with his 300
concubines.  That is quite a number of
women to keep satisfied, even for the richest and wisest man in the world.

What is more, though, Solomon loved women of a different
sort than his own kind.  Being a
God-fearing man was enough for Solomon, but he didn’t impose his own belief
system on his wives’ or other associates. 
At first one can see that this could be interpreted as a sign of his
tolerance, but the problem with Solomon’s taste in women brought him out of
favor with the Lord because of disobedience. 
The Lord wanted Solomon’s great attributes all for His glory and Solomon
began appeasing his wives’ by building lesser temples for their heathen gods in
Israel after completing his life’s purpose. 

One by one, all of his wives’ turned away from Solomon in
his old age and he was left empty because his true fulfillment came from the
God that was now angered with him.

For all of Solomon’s flaw, though, it is important to note
that he was still God’s favorite.

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