Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice – David Kenyon Webster
As the Lord was speaking to me about sacrifices of life, he took me to the story of the two harlot women in 1 Kings 3:16-28. Most people focus on the King’s wise decision, but we’re going to focus on the women that were involved in the judgment.
The story begins with the women living in the same household. Within days apart of each other, they both delivered babies and were both alone in the home.
They had similar lifestyles; struggled a lot in life and they were about to experience a situation that would set them apart forever.
As the story continues, while sleeping in bed, one of the women accidentally rolls over on her child and kills the baby. Instead of accepting her tragedy and moving on, she decides to swap children while the other woman is asleep.
One would have to wonder if she thought this through. She preferred to live a lie for the rest of her life than to accept what was before her. Her decision wasn’t glorifying or honoring the Lord by any means. She was falling into the enemy’s trap once again.
How many times have we fallen into the enemy’s trap? We allow him to play with us with his temptations; we open up a door that’s not pleasing to the Lord; or allow others to rub us the wrong way. Then, we start acting unChristlike. While the enemy is laughing at us knowing that he’s tricked us once again.
It was a tragedy for this woman’s child to die. How many times do we lose something precious to us? How do we react to the situation? Sulk and drown in our sorrows to the point of depression or do we give ourselves time to heal, then help others in similar situations?
When the mother of the swapped child wakes up, she notices the baby is unresponsive. Looking closer, she realizes that he is dead and that it’s not her child. Just imagine as she looks a third and fourth time and probably asking herself many questions. We can only imagine what her initial reaction was to the situation.
She takes the matter to King Solomon to judge over the case. As Solomon listens to both women stating that the living child was theirs, he orders for the child to be cut in two and give back to the women to end the quarrelling. But something amazing happens right at this point.
1 Kings 3:26
Then the mother of the living child said to the king, for she yearned over her son, O my lord, give her the living baby, and by no means slay him. But the other said, Let him not be mine or yours, but divide him.
Right at the peak of the story, the woman who was lying this whole time had the opportunity to recant her story and give the child to the biological mother. But she decided not to and wanted the baby killed if she couldn’t have him.
The biological mother had preferred, not by choice, to give up her precious child to this other woman for the sake of keeping the child alive and well; What an amazing sacrifice.
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Sacrifice – A surrender of something of value as a means of gaining something more desirable or of preventing some evil.
What kind of sacrifices have we done in our own lives for the sake of others? Sacrificing may not always be popular when at the present time seems like a selfish act; only to see the benefits years or even generations later.
This woman was determined to keep her child alive at whatever the cost. Even if it meant to probably surrender to the last person she would want the child to be with. Her concern was the child and nothing else.
If you have sacrificed something that others are not supporting you in, but you know in your heart that’s how God wants it, know that God will get you through. He’s faithful and will not leave those who are obedient to His Word. Just as the woman who was willing to give her child up and was rewarded the child back to her, you too will see the benefits of the decision that you’ve made; justice will be served accordingly. Don’t be discouraged, walk in victory because the Lord has already said it. Just believe in it and watch it come to pass.
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