How do you determine who is right?

1 Kings Bible Background

05.02.2019 Old Testament: 1Ki 3.16–22

To read the Bible in a year, read First Kings 3–5 on May 2, In the year of our Lord 2019

By Don Ruhl

Imagine that you do not know the following story. If two women came to you, asking you to grant the living baby to her, how would you figure out who spoke the truth and who lied?

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.

–1 Kings 3.16–22 

You know how King Solomon resolved the issue, but how would you have resolved it? Solomon did not come up with the skills at that moment to solve the problem, but he had asked God for something and God gave it, which enabled Solomon to know how to resolve such a difficult problem. Do you know what Solomon had already done?

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