1 Kings 3:27
“Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.”
She was one of two women who claimed to be the mother of the same child.
1 Kings 3:16
“Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.”
They both appeared before King Solomon so that he in his wisdom could judge who was the true mother.
1 Kings 3:17-18
“And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house. And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.”
She spoke of her need to be vindicated as the mother of the child.
1 Kings 3:19-21
“And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid it. And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.”
The other woman claimed that the child was hers.
1 Kings 3:22
“And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.”
Solomon wisely suggested that the child be cut in half, revealing who was really the true mother.
1 Kings 3:26
“Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.”
She was willing to lose her child in order to save his life.
The true harlot mother serves as our example that we must be willing to suffer great loss in order for the greatest desire of our hearts to be used for God’s glory.
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