Now two women who were harlots came to the king, and stood before him. 1 Kings 3:16
The incident led to a revelation of the wisdom bestowed upon Solomon from God.
The judgment rendered by the king was unheard of – to divide a child in two and give each woman half! Yet this judgment revealed the true mom, who was willing to let her child live with the other woman.
We read this scripture in Sunday school last week and became curious about the two women. The Bible records they were harlots.
Someone brought up the Law on adultery and the penalty, which is death.
Lev 20:10 – ‘The man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, he who commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress, shall surely be put to death.
If you take this verse literally, then you do not execute just one participant, but both. Perhaps the men could not be determined and so no execution.
What I see in this passage is the opportunity for everyone to have access the king.
Not just well dressed, respectable, upstanding citizens of the community, but also two adulterous women.
Solomon’s judgment does not excuse their sin but demonstrates grace in spite of their sin.
God does not excuse or overlook sin. Sin is punishable by death, just like adultery. However, anyone may approach the King and Judge and seek grace and forgiveness.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Heb 4:16