WHY “THE JUDGMENT OF SOLOMON”?

The Judgment of Solomon is a story about King Solomon and two women who came to the king with an infant seeking a judgment. The story is recorded in the Hebrew Bible and paraphrased here.

The two women lived together in the same house and both had an infant son. One of the women claimed that the other had rolled over on her own baby while sleeping and smothered it, then exchanged the two in order to make it appear that the living baby was hers. The other woman denied this and both women claimed to be the mother of the living son.

After considering the situation, King Solomon asked for a sword to be brought to him, stating their was only one reasonable solution: the disputed baby would be split in half, each woman receiving part of the infant. The baby’s actual mother cried out, “Give the baby to her, please don’t kill him!” The jealous, bitter, self-serving liar, in an arrogant rage, said, “Neither of us will have it—cut the baby in half!”

The king then knew the first woman was the mother…a true, loving mother would rather give up her baby than hurt it. King Solomon’s judgment became widely known and was considered an example of true wisdom.

I wish this blog was focusing on the wisdom of Solomon, but sadly, it isn’t. On an average day, one doesn’t have to look very far to see examples of the second woman. They are the people who, through various combinations of selfishness, greed, envy, contempt and jealousy employ a scorched earth policy in their dealings. They simply have to get their way at all costs…no matter who it hurts, embarrasses and even injures or kills. You see it in politics, athletics, government, everywhere…even across your neighbors fence. These are the people this blog exists because of…the people, just like the second woman, who would cut the baby in half!