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A Mother’s Sacrifice

As told in 1 Kings : Chapter 3

Sacrifice is defined as giving up something valuable for another person’s sake. An example is choosing one’s happiness over your own.

The story in 1 Kings 3, is often used when illustrating Solomon’s wisdom at the beginning of His reign as King over Israel. God asked Solomon what he wanted and he asked for wisdom so that he could govern God’s people and discern between good and evil. In this story, Solomon was able to discern between the good and evil motives of two prostitutes and as a result Israel, as a nation, stood in awe of him because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him to do justice – 1 Kings 3:28.

Two prostitutes stood before King Solomon to present their case. “The One woman said, “Oh my lord, this woman and I live in the same house, and I gave birth to a child and she was in the house. Then on the third day after I gave birth, this woman also gave birth. And we were alone. There was no one else with us in the house; only we two were in the house. And this woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on him. And she arose at midnight and took my son from beside me, while your servant slept, and laid him at her breast, and laid her dead son at my breast. When I rose in the morning to nurse my child, behold, he was dead. But when I looked at him closely in the morning, behold, he was not the child that I had borne. But the other woman said, “No, the living child is mine, and the dead child is yours.The first said, “No, the dead child is yours and the living child is mine.” Thus they spoke before the king. – 1 Kings 3:17-22.

Now, the King sent for a sword so that the living child could be divided into two, so that each woman could take half. I’m not sure if the King’s verdict was to be questioned in terms of whether it was fair or not but the two women responded to it. One said that the living baby should be given to the other woman whereas the other woman suggested that neither her nor the first woman take the child. She preferred the baby was divided so that none of them own it. She agreed to the King’s verdict.

We’re told that the woman who rejected the verdict suggested that the living child should be given to the other woman because her heart yearned for her son. There’s no way in a million years was she going to allow her innocent child to be killed. How was she to live after that, knowing that she allowed the death of her child? She would rather let the child live with another woman than living with the idea that her child is dead. She was willing to make the sacrifice for her child. Giving up her happiness but hoping for her child to live happily with the other woman if that meant that the child’s life would be spared. Amazing how the story ended. The child’s mother received the child back as the King discerned that indeed she was the child’s mother.

The mother’s sacrifice reminds us of the sacrifice that God made when He allowed and sent His son Jesus Christ to die so that we may live. Now, Jesus wasn’t forced to die for us. He had a choice. He agreed to die in our place so that we would have access to the Father and be reconciled to Him. Just as the woman loved her son so much that she would rather live without him as long as he was alive, God loved us so much that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Jesus is the Ultimate Sacrifice and all we have to do is believe.

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Joan Gift Mugwanya

May 19, 2022

Amazing insight !!!I had never connect the two like this 😀😀.
There is a Hymn that comes to mind
https://youtu.be/jA9VrabdYiA Hope it blesses someone

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Lauretta

May 19, 2022

Thanks Gift for your time! What a beautiful Hymn! Thanks for sharing.

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Joshua Kats

May 21, 2022

Truly, no human words can fully express the magnitude of the sacrifice that God through His love for us, went through just to have us back again.

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Lauretta

May 21, 2022

Indeed! Words fail us. Thanks for your time Joshua.

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