Now two women who were harlots came to the king and stood before him. And one woman said, “O my lord, this woman and I dwell in the same house; and I gave birth while she was in the house. Then it happened, the third day after I had given birth, that this woman also gave birth. And we were together; no one was with us in the house, except the two of us in the house. And this woman’s son died in the night because she lay on him. So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from my side, while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. And when I rose in the morning to nurse my son, there he was, dead. But when I had examined him in the morning, indeed, he was not my son whom I had borne.”
Then the other woman said, “No! But the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son.” And the first woman said, “No! But the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son.” Thus they spoke before the king.
And the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son, who lives, and your son is the dead one’; and the other says, ‘No! But your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.’ ” Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword before the king. And the king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to one, and half to the other.”
Then the woman whose son was living spoke to the king, for she yearned with compassion for her son; and she said, “O my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him!” But the other said, “Let him be neither mine nor yours, but divide him.” So the king answered and said, “Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him; she is his mother.”
And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had rendered; and they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice. (1 Kings 3:16-28)
Show The Wisdom Of God In Your Life
After the Queen of Sheba visited King Solomon of Israel, she proclaimed the wisdom of Solomon exceeded his fame and the half had not been told of his vast library of knowledge. The scriptures reveal the wisdom of Solomon was a gift from the Lord to bless the new king in his reign over the kingdom of God. No story best illustrates this impression than early in his reign two women come before the king claiming the other had taken their child. Two prostitutes had given birth to sons but one of the children died in the night. One harlot accused the other of taking her dead son and replacing her live son with the deceased. The second harlot denied the charge. It would seem an impossible task to know the truth as one accused the other and there was no defense.
Solomon understood the paternal love of a mother and knew the heart of a good woman would not allow her son to die. Demanding a sword brought, the king threatened to kill the remaining son. The true mother would give her life for her son and begged the king to spare the boy. Immediately the evil harlot permitted to kill the son showing her deception and deceit. Solomon commanded the child to be given to his mother because he could see the true love of a mother in her tears.
The matter of the two harlots had a great impact on the people of Israel when they heard of Solomon’s decision. His wisdom impressed the people with great awe and admiration for his knowledge to see the treachery of the one harlot and to know the love of a true mother. They saw the wisdom of God was in Solomon in how he handled the affair. This story is a clear indication of his divine wisdom granted to him by the power of God. When the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night and asked the king what he desired most, Solomon asked for an understanding heart to judge the people, to discern between good and evil, and to give glory to God. His request was granted along with great riches and honor. He will always be remembered as the wisest of all men who possessed great knowledge.
No man is blessed with the measure of divine knowledge as Solomon. When Solomon died, that knowledge died with him. During the early days of the church, the gifts of the Holy Spirit included wisdom, knowledge, and faith. These gifts would have secured the place of the growing church to understand the revealed word of God but they also came to an end. Paul reminded the Roman saints that faith would come through knowledge and that knowledge would come from the word of God. Divine knowledge does not come through dreams or special gifts by the finger of God. What a Christian knows today comes through the study of the word of God.
Solomon possessed special wisdom granted to him through the power of God. That knowledge was given to the king without the requirement of study and examination. The Bible is the fully revealed word of God and any person can have greater knowledge than Solomon when they spend the time to know the will of the Father. All of the mysteries of human history are unfolded in the pages of holy writ. God explains how the world came into existence, why man was created, what his purpose in life is all about, and why God loved the world so much to give a cruel and dark world His only begotten Son. Redemption fills the pages of the Old and New Testament. Mercy, grace, and love permeate every crevice of scripture. The image of Jesus Christ is woven within the fabric of every tapestry of God’s word. No book is so complete, so full and so needful for the needs of men than the book of books called the Bible.
It is said that Solomon was the wisest man that ever lived. That is not true. The man that comes to the knowledge of Jesus Christ and His redeeming love becomes the wisest man that lives. When the story of Jesus Christ changes the heart of a man to live a fully devoted, sanctified, dedicated, and purposed life, that man is wise. No message is greater than the cross of Jesus. Solomon dividing a baby boy was a stroke of genius but the condemned man on a cross outside Jerusalem is the message of divine forgiveness. The people were in awe of Solomon because they could see the wisdom of God in his life. What the world needs to see in the Christian is the wisdom of God.
There was a time the people of God were known for their knowledge of the Bible. Sadly, those days are gone. Not only has this weakened the church in many places but the world is not in awe at the lives of those who profess to be Christians. Solomon’s wisdom made an impression on the people. The life of a true Christian should have an impact on the lives of those who see the wisdom of God in their lives. Can the world see you as a husband who serves God or a wife that glorifies the Lord in your life? As parents, are you devoted to showing Christ to your children so that others can see the wisdom of God in your home? When you go to work each day, do your fellow laborers know that you are a faithful Christian showing the wisdom of God in your work? When you post on Facebook and various social mediums, does the light of Christ show your understanding of the word of God? Solomon was a wise man. You must be a wiser person. God has given you a book and He expects you to read it and to know it. It will not come through dreams, gifts, or osmosis. Your level of knowledge of God’s word depends on how much energy you expend to know what the Bible says. You cannot know what you do not know. Faith will always come from hearing the word of God. Seek wisdom. Be wiser than Solomon. Let the world see the glory of God in your life through your knowledge of His word.