Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 3:16-5:18 / Acts 12:19-13:12 / Psalm 74:18-23
Envy and jealousy are destructive. They destroy people, relationships and lives. Envy is like a cancer that eats away from the inside out. Jealousy sows poisonous discord and death in the lives of others. Victory isn’t just about winning but about the other person losing. If they can’t have or do, then no one else should either.
Solomon faced the destructive forces of envy and jealousy when he was presented with an unthinkable scenario - two mothers, one with a dead son and the other with a live son. Each claimed that the living son was theirs.
Solomon needed to make a decision with conflicting information. There were no witnesses and the two women hysterically argued their case before Solomon. He didn’t have scientific DNA technology to identify the mother/child match. What did Solomon have? Solomon had the wisdom of God…no need to draw blood or take a mouth swab; he just needed God’s discerning spirit to enlighten him.
Solomon’s judgment was certainly unorthodox as he gave an order to cut the living baby in two…giving each woman half of the baby. The true mother cried out and asked him to spare the child’s life, giving the child to the other woman. But the jealous mother declared, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!” (1 Kings 3:26)
Solomon’s decision…he gave the child to the mother who wanted to spare his life. He exposed the envy and jealousy of the hypocritical mother. She didn’t love the child but loved the idea of destroying someone else’s joy and blessing. Everyone was astonished at Solomon’s wisdom – it was not common or natural but supernatural. A lesson for all of us – God’s wisdom is greater than the deception of sin. May we like Solomon ask for “wisdom from God to administer justice.” (vs.28)