Summary: This incident is used of God to show He had given Solomon the wisdom he had requested as king. It proves that wisdom comes from God. It demonstrates that love comes from God, and love is present even when one is undeserving and perhaps unlovable.
God’s Faithfulness to Mothers.
1 Kings 3:16-28 (NASB)
Solomon Wisely Judges
16. Then two women who were harlots came to the king and stood before him.
17. The one woman said, “Oh, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house; and I gave birth to a child while she was in the house.
18. “It happened on the third day after I gave birth, that this woman also gave birth to a child, and we were together. There was no stranger with us in the house, only the two of us in the house.
19. “This woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on it.
20. “So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from beside me while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead son in my bosom.
21. “When I rose in the morning to nurse my son, behold, he was dead; but when I looked at him carefully in the morning, behold, he was not my son, whom I had borne.”
22. Then the other woman said, “No! For the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son.” But the first woman said, “No! For the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son.” Thus they spoke before the king.
23. Then the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son who is living, and your son is the dead one’; and the other says, ‘No! For your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.’ ”
24. The king said, “Get me a sword.” So they brought a sword before the king.
25. The king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.”
26. Then the woman whose child was the living one spoke to the king, for 1ashe was deeply stirred over her son and said, “Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him.” But the other said, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him!”
27. Then the king said, “Give 1the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him. She is his mother.”
28. When all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had handed down, they feared the king, for athey saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.
1 Kings 3:16-28 (NASB)
God loves all mothers, even imperfect ones.
Now two prostitutes came to the king (Solomon) 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 kind 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
But do you know what one of the problems is with classic Bible stories? We often learn the primary lesson and fail to see the rest of the story.