The story of King Solomon in 1 Kings 3:16-28 is mainly given to show us an example of the wisdom that God blessed Solomon with. He truly was the wisest man who ever lived. While there are many good and bad things to learn from King Solomon’s life, we focus on the two women who came for his counsel in this Old Testament passage. These women were prostitutes who lived together in the same house and had babies three days apart from each other. One night, they were both sleeping with their babies beside them. One woman rolled on her baby and killed him. In the middle of the night she awoke and found her son dead; so she exchanged her dead baby for the other woman’s living baby.
In the morning when both women awoke, they started arguing over whose baby was dead and whose baby was living. When they couldn’t decide themselves, they went to Solomon. This is what we can learn from them.
1. The two prostitutes went to the king. When we have a lot of questions, but no answers, we need to go to the King. When we are faced with a bunch of problems, we need to go to the King. When we can’t resolve arguments among ourselves and family members and friends, we need to go to the King. When we have been wronged, we need to go to the King. Not King Solomon, but King Jesus.
The two women presented Solomon with what seemed to be an impossible case to solve. First, it was one woman’s word against the other woman’s word and second, there were no other witnesses present in the house. Finally, Solomon says, “Bring me a sword…divide the living child in two, and give half to one, and half to the other.” Doesn’t this sound like a really stupid idea? Dividing the living baby would only result in two dead babies. Yet, Solomon knew what he was doing. One of the women agreed to divide the baby while the other woman had compassion on the child and said, “give her the living child, and by no means kill him!” By this Solomon knew who was the pretender and who was the true mother.
Sometimes, when we go to God, His response to us may seem foolish. It may appear dangerous and weird; but in the end, it is always wise and always turns out for our best.
Jesus has the answers to all of our questions and the solutions to all of our problems. In Him, we can rest. In Him, all true wisdom and knowledge can be found.