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Love, Selfish Deceit, and Wisdom!

February 27, 20121 Comment

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you have been wronged, you know you’re right, and you just want the truth to come out!  What do you do? Most often its stand your ground, don’t turn back, and fight to make the truth known, right!  Well, let’s stack the scale even more, same situation as before, but now something/someone very near and dear to you is involved! Its not only involved, its in the balance, if you demand and push for your rights because you’re right, it could be to the destruction of what’s dear to you.  What do you do?  Let’s look at an old story with some new eyes, and see love, selfish-deceit and wisdom in action.

“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.”” (1Ki 3:16-27 CEV)

You see the situation now, these two women came to the king, both claiming to be the mother of a baby. Only one was right, it doesn’t take wisdom to know that.  King Solomon has to determine who’s the lying woman, covering selfish-deceit, and who’s the mother who really loves the baby.

This is where Wisdom comes in, he makes a move that sounds as ridiculous as assigning both of the mothers joint custody, he says, “…someone bring me a sword!” How credulous and grotescque is the idea of cutting a baby in half, to give a half to both of the ladies.  Yes, the idea is insane, but this is wisdom in action and as the sword is being brought into the room, he’s watching and listening, the real mother will show herself.

The sword and baby are now in the same room, and as the sword got closer to the baby, the mother’s love just could not be concealed, she yelled, “Please don’t kill my son, Your Majesty, I love him very much, but give him to her. Just don’t kill him.” The mother is right, the truth is on her side, but if she would have stood her ground with a with a take no prisoner attitude, her baby would have died! Love made a choice…she was compelled to concede! “Just don’t kill him.”

The liar was always present, she was concealing her selfish deceit, but now it’s clear who she is.  She really only wanted to destroy, “Go ahead and cut him in half. Then neither of us will have the baby.” Selfishness is always to the destruction of others, to consume only to gratify itself!  However, still knowing how wicked the other lady was, the real mother was willing to concede to her. She really loved her son!

We know the ending of course the real mother got her son back, but in real life the ending is not always quick and pretty.  In real life, we have to deal with our rage inside, our emotions, and our fears as the truth gets caught in the balance.  As people become tricked by perception, and as reputations get tarnished. This story was left in the Old Testament to instruct, we don’t like to think of taking a loss, well I’ll speak for myself, I don’t like to think of taking a loss, but even the New Testament writer says why not allow yourselves to be wronged!(1 Cor 6:7)  Chew on it, pray over it, and God bless you!

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  1. Lyka Ricks says:

    All deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words into things.~Robert Southey obtained from Deceit Quotes

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