Before the Face of God

Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable idol of Moab, on the mountain, which is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the detestable idol of the sons of Ammon. – 1 Kings 11:7

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The biblical record reveals for us the fall of King Solomon and from it we learn that the pagan influence of his many idolatrous wives was a significant cause. Though Solomon had been blessed with supernatural wisdom from God, this extraordinary wisdom did not keep him from falling headlong into wickedness.

One proof of the depth of his depravity is seen in the placement of the “high places” for idol worship. In a direct challenge to God’s authority and presence in Jerusalem, Solomon established locations where Israelites could worship other gods. There was no attempt by the king to hide his idolatry. It was all done “in God’s face.”

Of course, it is not possible for any of us to hide our sin. All sin, mine and yours, is also performed before the face of God. Every time we disobey Him, it is as if we build a “high placeā€ in His presence.

Why then are we surprised when He tears it down?

Whatever a man seeks, honors, or exalts more than God, this is the god of his idolatry. – William B. Ullathorne

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