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Thursday, April 29, 2010

King Solomon Judges Wisely (1 Kings)

My grandpa in Lumberton used to tell me things from the Bible from time to time and the following story stuck in my head. It involves King Solomon and the practical use of wisdom; and tho it is a clear example to me these days on the difference between knowledge and wisdom, it was not clear to me when I was 5 years old or so. When my grandpa first told me this story, I thought King Solomon was a 'bad guy' because he wanted to chop the baby into two halves. You must realize that younger kids quite often take things VERY literally.

Of course my grandpa was the same guy who had me tie a soda can full of rocks to my dog's tail using kite string and was just dying laughing for the next half hour as we both listened to my beloved four-legged friend yelp in the distance as he ran from whatever it was that was chasing him... :/ No doubt my furry and loyal buddy found this pursuer of his to be a worthy and extremely persistent opponent.

At any rate, here's the story of wisdom my grandpa told me about (and no, he didn't go into detail about the womens' occupations, lol):

1 Kings 3:16-28 (New International Version - NIV)
Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. One of them said, "My lord, this woman and I live in the same house. I had a baby while she was there with me. The third day after my child was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us.

During the night this woman's son died because she lay on him. So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I your servant was asleep. She put him by her breast and put her dead son by my breast. The next morning, I got up to nurse my son--and he was dead! But when I looked at him closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn't the son I had borne."

The other woman said, "No! The living one is my son; the dead one is yours." But the first one insisted, "No! The dead one is yours; the living one is mine." And so they argued before the king.

The king said, "This one says, 'My son is alive and your son is dead,' while that one says, 'No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.' "

Then the king said, "Bring me a sword." So they brought a sword for the king. He then gave an order: "Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other."

The woman whose son was alive was filled with compassion for her son and said to the king, "Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don't kill him!" But the other said, "Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!"

Then the king gave his ruling: "Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother."

When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.

This was originally posted on my Facebook page "Notes" on
Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 2:31am

04/29/2010 - cmj -

All scripture contained in this blog was quoted from
The "Holy Bible" - "New International Version" (NIV).

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