“Some time later two prostitutes came to the king to have an argument settled. …Then the king said, “Let’s get the facts straight. Both of you claim the living child is yours, and each says that the dead one belongs to the other….!””
1 Kings 3:16-28
(Please read the whole story… )
Soon after God had given Solomon his wisdom, two women came to him to have an argument settled. They both lived in the same house and both conceived children at the same time. In Solomon’s age, it could be assumed that there were no baby cots (except maybe for the rich, and these two women were probably far from that), so the new born babies slept with their mother in the same bed. During the night, sadly, one of the mothers rolled over onto her baby and killed her baby. Yet instead of simply mourning for her child, she deceivingly swapped the deceased child for the living child. Once the mother of the living child woke up, she noticed she had been deceived and that the deceased child was not hers…thus where the argument started.
After a long protest from both sides, Solomon decided that the best way to solve this situation was to cut the baby in half. Of course Solomon had no intention to do this, but rather it was test to see who was the real mother. A real mother definitely would not want to see her baby cut in half. And so, surely enough, the real mother protested to the baby being cut in half, whereas the lying mother agreed to Solomon’s idea. Solomon had seen what he needed to see. He pronounced his wise judgement and said, “do not kill the child but give him to the woman who wants him to live, for she is his mother.”
Solomon’s wise judgement in this situation, exhibited the incredible wisdom God had bestowed upon him. Yet, it is the last verse in this chapter that highlights an even more incredible message. “.. the people were in awe of the king, for they saw the wisdom God had given him for rendering justice.”
Every gift we have been given, is for the glory of God, to bring praise to Him, to bring God’s justice to this earth and so that people might draw closer to Him. May we use our gifts as Solomon did, and may God receive the glory for all good works we do through His strength.