Returning to my reading, I’ve crossed over from God-loved but flawed King David in 2nd Samuel to God-loved but flawed King Solomon in 1st Kings. (We are all flawed, in humanness, of course, ONLY Jesus is perfect, AND We are ALL loved by God, God IS LOVE)…
Solomon had avenged many situations for the hardships, killings, backhanded promises and grief dealt to his father David, securing the future of his house. After these “loose ends” were tied up, scripture states: The kingdom was now established in Solomon’s hands.
NOW WHAT? Solomon, you’ve just been made king, you’ve got your kingdom, legacy lined up, and not just any kingdom, but Israel’s Kingdom of what God promised would be established at that time, the earthly set up for Jesus to enter our earthly scene. NOW WHAT?
Solomon asked for WISDOM and DISCERNMENT. Not just for himself but for helping his people. The next BIG discernment we read about (1st Kings) is the two mothers who both want the one living baby.
Ah, if only we too would ASK FOR DISCERNING WISDOM (and use it well).
“Understanding to discern judgment”
King Solomon had to get from point A to point B. He had to rule a kingdom and was one of only a few who knew that the future was promised. Oh…. Wait, isn’t that us too? We know the promised future but need to get from here to there. That’s only going to go more smoothly if we ask for WISDOM and DISCERNMENT.
How many times does it seem we don’t have EVERYTHING falling into place the way we want it? Well the best prayer often is for wisdom. And how many times do things ACTUALLY fall into place, what is ALSO the best “thing”, TO ASK FOR WISDOM.
This is a big issue in life, not just a snappy Alan Parsons song that sings “Where do we go from here?”
The mother of the story, whose baby was alive, came to quick discernment in herself when Solomon offered to divide the baby in half, as if it were not a living creature. That true mother both in grief and in love, lived in love and would rather have given up the baby whole than see devastation. The grieving mother who lost her baby could not see beyond her grief and lost connection to life and to life’s meaning beyond her own situation. This is not just a story of them, but sadly of us. We must discern our day to day in the living state and not just mechanically go thru the motions. We must be like Solomon and want to be there for the people, to live outside ourselves and our needs or wants. To mother is to love. To love is God’s being. To recognize life is to recognize God’s purpose.
In Easter life, we remember God gave up His Son, like the mother would give up her child to preserve the whole. God gave up one Son for the whole of us.
In sin and death and brokenness, Satan causes chaos to control confusion. He wants people to be dejected in grief and make a rash agreement to slice the baby in half, Satan does not want wholeness. Nor does he want us thinking of the future, of others. He lost the connections and will take down whomever he can.
We know better. We know we are LOVED.
We know better. We must discern day by day our actions to bring hope to wholeness. We must live to love. From point A to point B, our living can be best lived by stitching in love to the net that holds us all. How will we strengthen our walk? by washing away worldliness.
As Solomon loved the Lord, he wanted to love His people. He knew that riches were not always peacekeepers. But God knew how to rule the people. Rulers must rule in love.
We must ask: What else would we want, but WISDOM.
Keep praying discernment. A to B.
And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.
In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.
And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.
And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.
A Wise Ruling
Now two harlots came to the king and stood before him. One of them said, “Pardon me, my lord. This woman and I live in the same house, and I had a baby while she was there with me. The third day after my child was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us.
“During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him. So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I, your servant, was asleep. She put him by her breast and put her dead son by my breast. The next morning, I got up to nurse my son—and he was dead! But when I looked at him closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t the son I had borne.”
The other woman said, “No! The living one is my son; the dead one is yours.” But the first one insisted, “No! The dead one is yours; the living one is mine.” And so they argued before the king.
The king said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your son is dead,’ while that one says, ‘No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.’”
Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”
The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!”
But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!”
Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.”
When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.