1 Kings 3:16-28 (Part 2) – How Much Does God Love Us?

Posted: October 30, 2018 in 11-1 Kings

1 Kings 3:16-28 (Part 2 of 3)
Solomon Judges Wisely

Before anyone has children, they cannot understand the love that you have for a child. It is a love that just cannot be explained until you experience it yourself. I remember when my firstborn child, my oldest daughter, was born. Prior to her birth, yes, I saw my wife at the time, my first wife, pregnant and I understood it all from a technical standpoint. Yes, we were overjoyed at the pregnancy as we had been trying for a year when she finally became pregnant. It was a joyful concept to think of a child being born to us. It was neat buying clothes for the child, setting up a nursery, and dreaming of what it would be like. But it was all very conceptual. We had no experience at being parents.

I remember after Meghan was born that first time that the nurses and staff left us alone with the baby there in the hospital room. Lisa was asleep from a long labor and it was just me and Meghan. The awesome responsibility of being a parent washed over me at that moment. I was scared to death. This was not some toy but a child. This was not somebody else’s baby, she was mine. Trying to determine what an infant wants for a first time parent is an overwhelming experience. However, at the same time, when she looked up at me with that look of utter dependence on me, this love that I had never known washed over me as well as the previously stated fears. That moment began a bond between her and me that only has grown stronger over the years. I was scared to death and madly in parental love with this child. That first few days was weird. I was scared I was going to break her. I was scared I was not going to be able to satisfy her needs (as babies do not have a digital screen on them telling you what the problem is). Yet, at the same time, I began to intuitively know what to do. Sure, at first, it was hit and miss as to figuring out what this child needed. But the love, that indescribable love guided my actions.

I remember as she grew older, she became my shadow. She thought her daddy was the most awesome man in the world. Whatever I was doing, she had to be there with me. I missed her so much when I was at work and when I got home she would wrap herself around my leg and I would walk to the bedroom with this little child wrapped around my leg as I walked to the bedroom to put down my stuff and she would be giggling hilariously all the way. These are the moments you remember of this pure love for a child and her for you. You don’t know any of this kind of love until you have your first child.

And when our second daughter, Taylor, came along when Meghan was 5 years old, we were much better prepared for the parenting but I wondered during the pregnancy as to how I could love another child as much as my shadow, my oldest daughter. However, God expands our heart to create a new love that you had never known before. Taylor, I love just as much as Meghan because it is a separate love. A love especially designed for Taylor just as my love for Meghan is especially designed for her. These girls are different as night and day but yet I love each of them in an immensity that either of them will ever know. My oldest is beginning to understand that love as she has a 2 year old daughter of her own. For each of these girls, I would give my life so that they might live. And then there is my step-daughter, Michelle. I didn’t think I could l love her the way I do but over the past decade she has made her way deep into my heart as well. Each of these girls have my love just for being who they are. A love I never knew until I became a parent and step-parent.

That’s what I thought of this morning, when I read about the true mother of the child in this passage. She loved this child so much that she was willing to give the child up so that it might live. That’s a love that you will never understand until you are a parent:
16 Some time later two prostitutes came to the king to have an argument settled. 17 “Please, my lord,” one of them began, “this woman and I live in the same house. I gave birth to a baby while she was with me in the house. 18 Three days later this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there were only two of us in the house.

19 “But her baby died during the night when she rolled over on it. 20 Then she got up in the night and took my son from beside me while I was asleep. She laid her dead child in my arms and took mine to sleep beside her. 21 And in the morning when I tried to nurse my son, he was dead! But when I looked more closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t my son at all.”

22 Then the other woman interrupted, “It certainly was your son, and the living child is mine.”

“No,” the first woman said, “the living child is mine, and the dead one is yours.” And so they argued back and forth before the king.

23 Then the king said, “Let’s get the facts straight. Both of you claim the living child is yours, and each says that the dead one belongs to the other. 24 All right, bring me a sword.” So a sword was brought to the king.

25 Then he said, “Cut the living child in two, and give half to one woman and half to the other!”

26 Then the woman who was the real mother of the living child, and who loved him very much, cried out, “Oh no, my lord! Give her the child—please do not kill him!”

But the other woman said, “All right, he will be neither yours nor mine; divide him between us!”

27 Then the king said, “Do not kill the child, but give him to the woman who wants him to live, for she is his mother!”

28 When all Israel heard the king’s decision, the people were in awe of the king, for they saw the wisdom God had given him for rendering justice.

In this passage, we see the love that a parent has for a child. It is the same love that Jesus Christ has for us. Maybe that is why we become parents. So, that we can understand in a real way about his love for us. A parent’s love for a child is enduring and never fails. Even when we are disappointed in how they live their lives, we still love them. It is the same for us with Jesus Christ. Although it grieves Him when we stray from how He taught us to live, He still loves us. He still has hope for us. Just as we have hope, eternal hope, for our children. Even in multiple failures of our children, we still have love and hope for their future. We give them mercies anew on a daily basis. Jesus does the same for us as sinners. Jesus longs for the day when we will return home to Him and begin living lives imbued by the Holy Spirit. A parent longs for the same for their children. We disappoint God and He lets us live out the consequences of our sinful decisions but that in no way lessens His love for us.

In this passage, we see the sacrifice that a parent is willing to make for her child. In Jesus Christ, he sacrificed it all so that we would have a way to be reconciled to the Father. The true mother in this passage desires the best for her child not to be torn apart by sin. Jesus does the same on the cross for us. He was willing to give up his life, just as the mother is willing to give up her rights to the child, so that we could have a hope and a future free of the consequences of sin.

How much do you love your own kids? Would you be willing to give them up so that they would live? Our Father in heaven does the same. The love for our children is God’s way of demonstrating His own love for us. He gave up His Son so that we might live. That’s how much He loves us. So, next time, you look adoringly at your own children, remember…that is how much God loves us.

Amen and Amen.

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