Summary: 1 of 5. The events surrounding one of Solomon’s official judgments revealed the mothering potential of a harlot. But How? Kingdom Character or Motherhood/Mothering Potential is manifested in a woman’s approach to...
KINGDOM CHARACTER-I—1Kings 3:16-28
HINT—!!Take this sermon to the next level by focusing upon every Christian’s potential!!
Some may consider themselves as unworthy of being a mother.
Perhaps they never found the right man to be their husband.
Or perhaps she married but could not bear children for whatever reason.
She has not necessarily been cursed by God. She is not necessarily receiving her ‘just due.’ She is not necessarily a sinner living on God’s ‘bad side.’
Perhaps she’s had an abortion, & is carrying that crushing weight everywhere she goes. It effects her every thought & action.
Perhaps due to her circumstances, she has convinced herself that “I wouldn’t have made a good parent anyway.”
I can easily imagine how such ladies beat themselves up because of their internal heartache. I have heard it from many.
If you have never had kids or even if you have, it is always pertinent to examine a woman’s motherhood potential. This is because such potential, & anyone’s potential, is ever directly & indirectly related to one’s spiritual condition.
Is God leading you or has the devil been allowed access to your world because of the way in which you approach your potential?
YaHWeH had approached Solomon “in a dream by night” saying, “Ask! What shall I give you?”(:5).
King Solomon recognized his own inability to rule properly because he saw himself as “a little child” who did not even know how to go out or come in”(:7). On top of that, he was also taken with & humbled by the sheer numbers of God’s people. Also tied into this was an understanding that Solomon’s charge was to lead God’s chosen people(:8). The expectations/responsibilities upon Solomon were great & he felt their weight.
Therefore in answer to God’s question, Solomon requested “wisdom” from the LORD. Solomon knew he needed “an understanding heart to judge” YaHWeH’s people, that he might be able to “discern between good & evil”(:9). He was concerned that he be able to “judge” the people of God wisely & with equity.
Solomon’s desire “pleased” God(:10) so that He responded,
3:11“Because you asked this thing, & have not asked long life for yourself, not have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, 12 behold I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise & understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. 13 And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches & honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. 14 So if you walk inMy ways, to keep My statutes & My commandments, as your father David walked, than I will lengthen your days.” 15 Then Solomon awoke; & indeed it had been a dream. And he came to Jerusalem & stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD, offered up burnt offerings, offered peace offerings, & made a feast for all his servants.”