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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Praying for the wisdom of Solomon

At the inauguration today, the invocation asked God to give President Biden the “wisdom of Solomon.” Actually, it was the wisdom of God.

Now two women who were harlots came to the king, and stood before him. 

And one woman said, “O my lord, this woman and I dwell in the same house; and I gave birth while she was in the house. Then it happened, the third day after I had given birth, that this woman also gave birth. And we were together; no one was with us in the house, except the two of us in the house. And this woman's son died in the night, because she lay on him. So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from my side, while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. And when I rose in the morning to nurse my son, there he was, dead. But when I had examined him in the morning, indeed, he was not my son whom I had borne.” 

Then the other woman said, “No! But the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son.” 

And the first woman said, “No! But the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son.”

 Thus they spoke before the king. 

And the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son, who lives, and your son is the dead one’; and the other says, ‘No! But your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.’” 

Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” 

So they brought a sword before the king. 

And the king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to one, and half to the other.”

Then the woman whose son was living spoke to the king, for she yearned with compassion for her son; and she said, “O my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him!” 

But the other said, “Let him be neither mine nor yours, but divide him.” 

So the king answered and said, “Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him; she is his mother.”

And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had rendered; and they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice. 

Times have changed. Today, we also face situations with dead children, except many are dead because the mother's demanded the “right” to have someone divide their child.

God rejects this approach to children. He withdraws his favor from nations that avert their eyes from this evil.

When this happens nations may more resemble the more desperate Israel wherein two other women came before the king:
Then, as the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried out to him, saying, “Help, my lord, O king!”

And he said, “If the LORD does not help you, where can I find help for you? From the threshing floor or from the winepress?”

Then the king said to her, “What is troubling you?”

And she answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.’ So we boiled my son, and ate him. And I said to her on the next day, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him’; but she has hidden her son.”

Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he tore his clothes; and as he passed by on the wall, the people looked, and there underneath he had sackcloth on his body.

What does the king do in that situation? What wisdom is there to fix what has been lost? What is there left to save?

Sadly, in that situation, the king threatens the prophet of God. That doesn't help anyone, and thankfully he was not successful.

Things did not turn out well for the king's officer. Beware of working for those bringing evil on their nation.

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