Applications from 1 Kings
The Story: 1 Kings 3:16-28
Two women both come to Solomon laying claim to a child. Both also claim that the other had a child that is now dead because she laid on it. With no evidence or 3rd party witness Solomon is set with determining whose child this really is. Solomon displays the wisdom God has given him and resolves to split the living child and give each their half. The true mother decides to give up her right for the sake of the child. All of Israel is amazed at Solomon’s God-given wisdom.
There are 2 sides to every story, 1 Kings 3:17-22
If Solomon would have listened to one witness or the other he could have misjudged the case. It is important to always hear out the entire matter before deciding where you stand. What if he didn’t listen past the end of v.21? Then it seems like a pretty easy case. In reality it is not.
There are 2 sides to every story. Have you ever heard, made your decision, then heard the rest of the story? Usually my reaction when this happens is, “Oh.”
Proverbs 18:13 “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, It is folly and shame unto him.”
With the facts given, even with hearing both sides, Solomon still only has a 50/50 chance of getting this right.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082