Summary: 4 of 5. One of Solomon’s official judgments revealed the motherly potential of a harlot. A person’s character reveals their fitness for/citizenship/as a servant in God’s kingdom. Kingdom character is manifested in one’s approach to...
KINGDOM CHARACTER-IV—1Kings 3:16-28
AKA—Motherhood Potential(Mother’s Day)
Two young fellas were talking about what they wanted to find in their mate. One friend said,”I’ve heard from a lot of folks that people with opposite characteristics have the longest & happiest marriages. What do you think?"
The friend replied, "I think they're right. That's why I am looking for a girl with money!"
Is God leading you or has the devil been allowed access to your world because of the way in which you approach your fitness for the Kingdom of God?
Remember our Background/Context:
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 by giving Solomon the “understanding”he had asked for along with the personal things he had not considered important—long life, riches, & the life of his enemies(:11-14).
The result & proof of God’s bestowing His wisdom upon Solomon was immediately manifested to everyone as follows in our text(:16-28).....
The events surrounding one of Solomon’s official judgments revealed the motherly potential of a harlot.
A person’s character reveals their potential as a servant of God, their fitness for the kingdom of God &/or their citizenship in God’s kingdom.
How is Kingdom character manifested?
Some ways in which Kingdom character is manifested.
So that we also find that...
Kingdom character(or the lack thereof) is manifested in one’s approach to...
1. PERSONAL SIN(:16)
5—Kingdom character is manifested in one’s...
Approach to OPPOSITION(:22)
:22—“Then the other woman said, “No! But the living one is my son, & the dead one is your son.” And the first woman said, “No! But the dead one is your son, & the living one is my son.” Thus they spoke before the king.”
Now the “other” harlot takes opportunity to speak.
She speaks contrary to, or in opposition to, & contradicts the testimony of the “first”(:17) woman. She gives a different story.