THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
SOLOMON AND THE SYROPHOENICIAN WOMAN
February 13, 2020
1 Kings 11:4-13
We are built on Rock when we listen to God’s words and
act on His commands. When we do so, then we will become righteous
and just, and as such we will be blessed. “Blessed those
who do what is right, whose deeds are always just.”
prospered and was blessed as long as he obeyed God and kept
God’s covenant. Now God had told the Israelites not
to join with foreign women “lest they turn your hearts
to their gods.” (1 Kgs 11:2). But Solomon took 700 wives
and 300 concubines, most of them foreign women, “and
they turned his heart.” (1 Kgs 11:3). He followed foreign
gods and built high places to them. “Solomon did what
was evil in the sight of the Lord, and he did not follow the
Lord unreservedly” (1 Kgs 11:6). God punished him, for
“he did not observe what the Lord commanded.”
(1 Kgs 11:10b).
was the same with Israel, with which God had entered into
covenant. Despite all the wonders the Lord did for them, they
had also disobeyed God. They “mingled with the nations
and imitated their ways. They served their idols and were
ensnared by them. They sacrificed to demons their own sons
and daughters.” (Ps 106:35-37). This is very much the
situation of Christians and Catholics today.
the ways of the nations. Many have conformed to the zeitgeist.
Many have become modernist. Instead of being set apart,
they are indistinguishable from the sinful world around
modern-day idols. These are the idols of materialism,
consumerism, selfism, secular humanism, gender ideology,
identity politics. Many have been ensnared, and have turned
away from authentic Church teaching.
Sacrificing their own children to demons. The worst manifestation
of this is abortion. And then there is the sacrifice of
very young children at the hands of drag queens in public
libraries, and the mutilation of transgender children
to change their sex. Further, there is the rise of Satanism.
Would not all these anger God? Would not these acts by Christians
be totally opposed to authentic Christian faith? Would not
God then reject His covenanted people? “So the Lord
grew angry with his people, abhorred his own heritage.”
(Ps 106:40). Many Christians today are no longer built on
the Rock that is Christ.
need to put our faith totally on God. We need to know that
only God can do wonders in our lives. We need to be like the
Syrophoenician woman, who approached Jesus about her great
need and pressed Jesus to heal her daughter. Unlike Solomon
who had great wisdom but failed in acting wisely, here was
a simple woman who acted with great wisdom. Jesus had said
to her, “Let the children be fed first. For it is not
right to take the food of the children and throw it to the
dogs.” (Mk 7:27). Was she insulted? Was she discouraged?
Did she slink away embarrassed? No. She persisted. “Lord,
even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”
(Mk 7:28). Touché.
Christians today sacrifice their children to demons. In contrast,
the Syrophoenician woman went to Jesus and “begged him
to drive the demon out of her daughter.” (Mk 7:26).
Solomon had lost his faith; she had great faith. Solomon was
punished; she was blessed. Solomon’s infidelity adversely
affected his son, as God tore the kingdom away from him (1
Kgs 11:12b); on the other hand, “when the woman went
home, she found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.”