December 29, 2019

Wisdom for Two Women

“Then the king said, ‘Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him. She is his mother.’ When all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had handed down, they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.” – 1 Kings 3:27,28 One of my favorite stories about Solomon’s wisdom is an account of two young mothers. As king, he was often called upon to hear cases between disputing parties. One day, two women, who the Bible describes as harlots, came before him. Both of them had given birth within three days of each other and lived in the same house — there was no one else under their roof. When one of the mothers fell asleep during the night and accidentally smothered her child, she took her friend’s baby from her breast and put the

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