David held a weakness for women. After all, he committed adultery with Bathsheba. But the lure toward women didn’t stop there. It continued into the next generation with Bathsheba’s son.
Solomon, a man filled with wisdom from God, seemingly tossed this great gift aside when it came to women. He took many brides, seven hundred, as a matter of fact. And many of these wives were from foreign countries, people groups from which God warned Israel not to consider for marriage.
But Solomon, son of Bathsheba, did not honor God’s wishes. He married those women against God’s will. As a result, they dangerously drew his heart away from God Almighty and toward the emptiness and danger of their gods.
The Bible notes that Solomon was drawn to the other gods in his old age. Bathsheba was likely dead by that time, but the situation might cause us to wonder what she noticed when she was alive and how she felt about her son’s flirtation with danger due to his hunger for women.
Was she worried? Did she pray for her son? Did she have conversations with him or simply stand by and watch? The Bible isn’t clear, but the outcome remains crystal.
“Now king Solomon loved many foreign women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites; of the nations concerning which Yahweh said to the children of Israel, “You shall not go among them, neither shall they come among you; for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon joined to these in love. He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. When Solomon was old, his wives turned away his heart after other gods; and his heart was not perfect with Yahweh his God, as the heart of David his father was.” (1 Kings 11:1-4 WEB)
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