Hey all, so today my pastor preached briefly from the passage of 1 Kings 3:16-28. (S/O chapel of restoration). I wanted to expand on what he said and also add to it from my perspective.
1 King 3:16-28
A Wise Ruling
16 Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. 17 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. 18 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.
19 “During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him. 20 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. 21 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.”
22 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.
23 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.’”
24 Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. 25 He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”
26 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!”
27 Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.”
28 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.
The main thing that stood out to me in the passage was that the woman took a closer look at the baby, she examined the baby, and knew that it wasn’t hers. You ever see someone, and they look like the real good deal from afar but then you spend time with them and somethings just not adding up? Anyways, this woman had studied her son very well and knew his distinct features.
Because she knew her child’s features, when someone tried to pass off a different child as hers, she vehemently refused it.
If she had not known her son’s facial structure, it would have been very easy for her to have accepted the dead child as her own. Even if she had an inkling but was not very certain, she might not even have taken the issue to court. But because of her certainty, she was able to fight for what was hers.
This resonated greatly with me and some things I learned include the below message:
It is so important to get familiar with Gods’ truths and promises over our lives. It is important to study his words and study his declarations over our lives. It is important to know what he says about us, what he thinks about us and how he sees us. This way when somebody speaks something over you that directly opposes Gods words, you are able to immediately reject it. If you’re not familiar with Gods words and someone offers you lies, it will be easy for you to accept it. However, knowing is only half the battle, believing is the other half. One can know something but not necessarily believe it. Sarah knew that God had promised her a child, but she did not have the faith to believe his words. I know God says that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, however, I don’t always believe it, and that manifests in the forms of insecurities that I am currently dealing with. Pray for ya girl. In the passage, the lady not only knew that that was her child, but she also believed that it was her child which is why she was willing to protect him at all costs.
When you know and believe in the vision that God has given you, you will not easily give up on it when it comes time to fight for it. There will be naysayers and there might be people that might try to offer you something else, that something else might even seem better in the meantime, but anything that’s not God’s plan for you will always leave you deficit.
When you know how a godly man or woman should behave and have studied the word of God to know the fruits that a godly person should bear – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – and you believe it, you will be able to spot duplicates from afar. When you know and have studied the demeanor of a sheep, you will be able to spot a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It’s like a person that has worked with money all their life, they are able to spot fake money with one look because they have studied the features of real money. Or someone that has worked with diamonds all their life, they are able to spot a fake one at any given moment. Once you become familiar with the real and believe that it is real, it will become much easier to reject duplicates, photocopies, replacements, all of the aforementioned.
Like my pastor said, when someone tries to give to you something that is not yours or speak something over you that’s not God’s word, you tell them, “Daz not my baby!”