1 Kings 3:16-28
In our last lesson, Solomon asked for the ability to make wise decisions. So in this passage we get to see one of the many wise decisions he made.
Two women came to King Solomon with a problem. They both lived in the same house and had recently had a baby. Unfortunately one of the babies died. Now both women said the living baby belonged to them. Obviously one of them was lying. How to decide which was telling the truth?
Solomon’s way was this: he told his guards to bring a sword and cut the baby in 2 and give each woman half. Now one woman said “fine, that worked for her,” but the other said “no, give the baby to the other woman.” So who is the real mother? Solomon said to give the baby to the woman who said to give it to the other woman. The real mother would rather the baby live without her than die. The other woman didn’t love the baby, so it wasn’t really hers. Solomon wisely gave the baby to the woman who wanted it to live at all costs; its real mother.
Solomon showed just how wise he was in the clever way he solved this difficult problem. Many of his wise sayings are collected in the book of Proverbs to help us behave wisely too.
Read some of Solomon’s wise sayings in Proverbs 10. Choose one to memorize so you can become wise like Solomon too!