A ‘Present’ From the Past

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With a simple description of the event that took place involving two Harlots women and King Solomon, one can grasp the full spectrum of the multiple themes can be applied to ourselves and into modern society.

The first Harlot woman tells the tale of her quarrel involving the second Harlot woman, whom she lives together with. Even if one has no religious background, the story is captivating and unforgettable. From a mother’s love to the characteristics of a wise man, many moral lessons can be learned and be effective in life.

From the story, we know that a good mother is someone that cares for her child, not necessarily a woman that gives birth to her own child, but a woman that cares for any child whether that child is blood-related or not. We can also take away from the patience King Solomon displayed before making his final verdict. King Solomon listened to both sides and was last to speak. From my perspective, this might be what God may potentially define as truth or how to find truth; “Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.” – Proverbs 10:19. A simplified version of that would be, “let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” – James 1:19. One can apply any or all of the lessons mentioned to his or her character and life. It will help improve our way of life and remind us to stay humble.

The story may seem fictional, but it vividly has no difference from reality, at least when compared to ancient times. Parables from this story can be applied to events that have already occurred, present, and occasions that will happen in the future.

The story does not go into unnecessary details that would distract the reader from its theme. Because the story was told in a simplistic form, anyone can grasp and understand the situation while reading the story. The story felt somewhat poetic in my view. It’s quite meaningful, and relevant to modern day. Because it is a Biblical story, back then, there were no grammar rules invented so when this story was being translated into modern terms, not much grammar or any grammar rules are implicated into the story, therefore, it can’t be claimed that certain spellings, words, or grammars are incorrectly indicted.

With the few lessons I’ve learned from this story, we should not disregard others’ opinion with haste and not be irrational by going off our impulses and emotions. It is almost as if every other lesson can be chain to the parables from King Solomon and the two Harlot women. Even today, we’re still learning from our past.

Photo by Chris Lawton


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