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2 Chronicles 8:11
Solomon brought Pharaoh’s daughter up from the City of David to the palace he had built for her, for he said, “My wife must not live in the palace of David king of Israel, because the places the ark of the Lord has entered are holy.”
Solomon married the daughter of the Pharaoh of Egypt for political purposes. But even he knew it was such an unholy alliance that he wouldn’t let her stay in the palace of his late father, because the Ark of the Covenant had at one time passed through there.
This is undeniably “An UNWISE Move By The WISEST Man Who Ever Lived.” Solomon had to go against the teachings of his esteemed father in the faith of Moses, who forbid Israeli men to marry foreign women. If an Israeli man was to marry a foreign woman, God says, “They will turn your children away from following me to serve other gods, and the Lord’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you” (Deut. 7:4). God gave Solomon a pass in this life because of his father, King David; yet Solomon’s son lost the kingdom shortly after succeeding his father. Solomon himself later said, “It’s the little foxes that spoil the vine” (Song of Songs 2:15). But this sin was so recognizable. She was a BIG fox, an obvious fox, a fox that was so blatant that WISDOM turned a blind eye. Passions that have been unattended to can boil over if we aren’t daily giving those passions to the Lord. If it’s too wrong for it to sleep in my father’s palace, then it’s too wrong for it to sleep in my own bed. Let us decide together on this day to renew our passion for Jesus most of all.
I long to be fully engaged with and yielded to You. Help me today, and every day, to keep it that way. Amen