By Christina Faucett, Communications Director, Sidewalk Advocates for Life
Verse(s): “One day two women came to King Solomon, and one of them said: ‘Your Majesty, this woman and I live in the same house. Not long ago my baby was born at home, and three days later her baby was born. Nobody else was there with us. One night while we were all asleep, she rolled over on her baby, and he died. Then while I was still asleep, she got up and took my son out of my bed. She put him in her bed, then she put her dead baby next to me. In the morning when I got up to feed my son, I saw that he was dead. But when I looked at him in the light, I knew he wasn’t my son.’
‘No!’ the other woman shouted. ‘He was your son. My baby is alive!’
‘The dead baby is yours,’ the first woman yelled. ‘Mine is alive!’
They argued back and forth in front of Solomon, until finally he said, ‘Both of you say this live baby is yours. Someone bring me a sword.’ A sword was brought, and Solomon ordered, ‘Cut the baby in half! That way each of you can have part of him.’
‘Please don’t kill my son,’ the baby’s mother screamed. ‘Your Majesty, I love him very much, but give him to her. Just don’t kill him.’
The other woman shouted, ‘Go ahead and cut him in half. Then neither of us will have the baby.’
Solomon said, ‘Don’t kill the baby.’ Then he pointed to the first woman, ‘She is his real mother. Give the baby to her.’
Everyone in Israel was amazed when they heard how Solomon had made his decision. They realized that God had given him wisdom to judge fairly.” – 1 Kings 3:16-28 (CEV)
Reflection: If you don’t understand what’s going on in this story, you might think that King Solomon is a monster: What kind of person commands his guards to slice an innocent baby in half? And yet, the Bible shows us how this seemingly cruel command revealed Solomon’s great wisdom. Solomon understood the power of motherhood. Solomon knew that no true mother could bear to see her child harmed – even if it meant giving up her own rights as a mother to save him.
Here at Sidewalk Advocates for Life, we see the powerful love of mothers every day: women who, like the mothers in this story, are raising their children alone without the help of a father. Women with the strength to do exactly what this mother was willing to do – give up custody of her child in order to give him or her the best chance at life. Women willing to sacrifice everything: relationships, jobs, education, even health, for the sake of their children. Motherhood is never an easy road, but it is always worth it.
Solomon wasn’t reckless when he asked for that sword; he knew exactly what he was doing. Solomon knew that to a mother, nothing matters more than her child. He knew that the best way to find the child’s true mother was to see which woman would protect him at all costs.
Many women don’t protect their children from abortion because they’ve been lied to by the abortion industry. In the vast majority of cases, they don’t know what they’re really doing.
Solomon used both his God-given power and wisdom to not only save a child’s life, but ensure he was raised by a loving, caring mother – one who would not sacrifice him for anything, even her own opportunity to raise him. We at Sidewalk Advocates for Life pray for the same God-given wisdom when offering help to a mother and letting her know the truth of the harm of abortion so we can empower her to be the mother she’s called to be.
For that, Solomon is remembered throughout history as one of the wisest men who ever lived.
Faith Challenge: Ask God how He wants you to use the power and wisdom He has given you, and do what He reveals to you, no matter how difficult. Make a point to pray each day that God increases your wisdom for the benefit of others.