Read 1 Kings 11:1-13
False gods come in all shapes and sizes. Some tempt you to commit sexual perversions, others ask you to incinerate your children in fire. What was the appeal of these gods, and how did they manage to be a thorn in the side of Israel for so long? Were the people stupid or ignorant?
Stupidity or wisdom had nothing to do with it. Solomon, the wisest king who ever lived, fell into the temptation trap of false gods. How did he stumble? Relationships. Solomon developed a tangled web of wives and concubines that confused his focus on what was important. He got so wrapped up in the world that he allowed the world to wrap itself around him. Solomon developed a tangled web of wives and concubines that he allowed the world to wrap itself around him. Solomon didn’t just wink at the pagan worship; he approved it. He had temples built for these gods. This is the same Solomon who heard directly from God, who built a magnificent temple in Jerusalem, who was the son of David!
We must be careful of the relationships we allow to influence our lives. They could lead us to do something very stupid. Just ask Solomon
(from The American Bible Challenge)
YOUR BIBLE CHALLENGE:
- In Deuteronomy 7, God wanted to tear down the poles of what goddess?
- Which god’s statue was found face down with its hands and head broken off in 1 Samuel 5?
- Who is the detestable god of the Moabites?
- Who is the detestable god of the Ammonites?
- In Acts 19, which goddess did the silversmith Demetrius build silver shrines for?
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ANSWERS TO: FALSE GODS
- Asherah (Deuteronomy 7:5
- Dagon (1Samuel 5:4
- Chemosh (1Kings 11:7)
- Molek (1 Kings 11:7)
- Artemis (Acts 19:24)