““Cut the baby in half! That way each of you can have part of him.” I Kings 3:25 CEV
A sword was brought out following King Solomon’s order, and the king’s command was, “Cut the baby in half.” The infant was brought to the King’s court to settle an argument between two harlots on who the rightful mother was. The women came to the right place for justice. King Solomon was known for his wisdom and his discerning heart. God had honored Solomon’s request and granted him wisdom, such wisdom that no one ever existed like him since or ever will. When the Queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon, the palace he had built, the majestic splendor of his kingdom, it took her breath away.
Now the sword was raised over the baby so the child can be parted to both women. Then quickly the baby’s actual mother screamed, “Please don’t kill my son, 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.” Then King Solomon displayed his wisdom and said, “Don’t kill the baby.” Then he pointed to the first woman, “She is his real mother. Give the baby to her.” The magistrates, officials, and the people marveled at the dispensation of the King’s wisdom.
King Solomon exposed the woman that had wrongfully claimed to be the mother of the child. The King’s wisdom had told him that drawing out the sword from the sheath would bring out the cries of the child’s real mother. If the sword had actually drawn blood, justice wouldn’t be served because an innocent child would be killed and such wisdom would be foolish. There is only One Person that trumps the wisdom of King Solomon and that is God, “for the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom.”
This wisdom was revealed to the shepherds living out in the fields nearby Bethlehem. The angel of the Lord appeared and said to them, “Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” So, they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. This bundle was Christ Jesus, Son of God, One who was in the beginning with God and was God and now wrapped in flesh. The shepherds returned after seeing Christ in the manger, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen.
The wisdom of God also called for the government to rest on His shoulders. The wisdom of God allowed for the sword to be drawn out and pierce Christ and crush Him. Solomon’s sword needed no blood for justice to be served but God’s sword was engraved with the rule, “without shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins.” This was so that through His punishment, we attained peace with God, and by His wounds we are healed. Christ was born in a manger, crucified on Calvary, rose up from the tomb, ascended back to heaven, not so that we can have a part of Him but we can have all of Him in this life and life after. This is the wisdom of God revealed unto mankind.
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
George John resides in Hawthorne, New Jersey with his wife Eirene and four children. He is in active fellowship with the believers in Elmwood Park Bible Chapel, New Jersey and serves as the Sunday School Principal. George is also a pharmacist by trade.