Daily Manna: The Jewel And The Dog 19th May 2016

Key Verse: “And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her: for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the LORD hath come” (2 Chronicles 8:11).
Text: 2 CHRONICLES 8:7-13
Revival becomes necessary when God’s people have gone far from Him and have started to do things inconsistent with His commandment. God’s servants were fully aware of this common condition, particularly that of unequal yoke in marriage, business and so on. Israel’s economy had blossomed under Solomon’s reign. The nation had never had it so good, as no other kingdom of the world at this time in history could match Israel’s wealth and extensive prosperity. 

While citizens of Israel were employed for a descent remuneration, the Canaanite captives were used for menial labour as slaves. Yet, all was not well with this king, who at this time had enjoyed tremendous favour from God. Solomon’s marriage to Pharaoh’s daughter even if contracted for political gain and patronage, was clearly a contravention of God’s law. She was moved out of the temple area because she persisted in the worship of the gods of Egypt. 

There is little doubt that Solomon’s priority was business and political gain rather than obedience to God’s commandment. How we need to be careful that after God has blessed and prospered us on all sides, our hearts do not to go after what He hates. The Scriptures warn clearly that when riches increase, do not set your mind on them. Solomon went ahead to marry other foreign wives who worshipped false gods. It was a question of time and the king himself did fall. Let the life of Solomon teach us timeless lessons of life on wholesome obedience to the revealed counsel of God.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: A fall is precipitated when a focus is taken away from Christ.
Source: Daily Manna Devotional


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