By Blamuel Njururi, Kenya Confidential Editor-in-Chief – Nairobi, October 22, 2017
Coincidentally, on Maraga’s bench were two women one arguing that evidence before the Supreme Court was falsified and the other contending IEBC servers were not open to NASA scrutiny and possibly falsify data therein
Our Sermon this Sunday is on the Biblical most famous King Solomon. As Solomon took over as king, the Lord appeared to him in a dream and offered him anything he wanted. So there he was, confronted with a huge appetizing buffet. Solomon could have asked for absolutely anything, and yet instead of asking for riches, or power, or for a long life, or for the death of his enemies, the Bible tells us that Solomon asked for an “understanding heart” so that he would be able to judge God’s people and that he would be able to “discern between good and evil.”
One day he was confronted with a very taxing case. Here are two prostitutes living together who each gave birth to baby boys within three days of each other. But in the night, one mother accidentally rolled on top of her baby and smothered the baby to death. She then switched babies in the middle of the night, giving her roommate the dead baby and taking the living baby as her own. But when the other woman woke up to nurse her son, she then realized that the dead baby was not her own.
God granted the King wisdom. Solomon was able to make such a wise decision because he loved the Lord, because of the good example that had been set for him by his father, King David, and because he approached the situation with great humility
As the Bible says in James 1:5, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” And so, like King Solomon, we can also ask God for wisdom.
And so, if you will, please look with me at 1 Kings Chapter 3:verses 16‐28.
16 Then two women who were harlots came to the king and stood before him. 17 The one woman said, “Oh, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house; and I gave birth to a child while she was in the house.
18 “It happened on the third day after I gave birth, that this woman also gave birth to a child, and we were together. There was no stranger with us in the house, only the two of us in the house.
19 “This woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on it. 20 “So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from beside me while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead son in my bosom.
21 “When I rose in the morning to nurse my son, behold, he was dead; but when I looked at him carefully in the morning, behold, he was not my son, whom I had borne.” 22 Then the other woman Page 2 of 5 said, “No! For the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son.” But the first woman said, “No! For the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son.” Thus they spoke before the king.
King Solomon with two prostitutes claiming baby’s ownership
23 Then the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son who is living, and your son is the dead one’; and the other says, ‘No! For your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.’ ” 24 The king said, “Get me a sword.” So they brought a sword before the king. 25 The king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.”
26 Then the woman whose child was the living one spoke to the king, for she was deeply stirred over her son and said, “Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him.” But the other said, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him!” 27 Then the king said, “Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him. She is his mother.”
28 When all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had handed down, they feared the King, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.
As we look back over the Scriptures, I would like for us to apply it to our situation today by considering several aspects of what happens in Kenya. One of the first things we notice is King Solomon is presented with what appears to be an UNSOLVABLE DISPUTE – the way repeat Presidential Election has been made to appear.
King Solomon decided to give the baby to its rightful mother without much ado judging from the bravado displayed by the lying pretender. Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga killed the baby he was begged not to by lawyer PLO Lumumba even without looking at it by way of determining how many physical votes the two presidential contestants Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Amolo Odinga had polled.
Kenyans are now being told that Maraga presided over a majority of four judges who based their judgment on falsified evidence and forged document. Coincidentally, on Maraga’s bench were two women one arguing that evidence before the Supreme Court was falsified and the other contending IEBC servers were not open to NASA scrutiny to offer opportunity to falsify data therein. What greater damage can a judge do to his country and fellow citizens than to force open sensitive servers and flood gates for ethnic chaos that would push Ksh 12 billion of a poor country down unrecoverable drain?
What conscience keeps such a judge in office today? That is the same judge who showed no mercy over victims of January 1, 2008 Kiambaa Church by setting free those who set fire upon innocent babies old women and men any many saddled in clutches as cripples. What God does such a judge pray?
It is difficult to tell how Maraga could do that, how he could recognize irregularities and illegalities through electronic system his entire bench knows nothing about – knowledge of which he denied the Kenya Communications Commission an opportunity as an Amicus Curiea. Maybe I will be accused of being unfair to Justice Magara and his ICT illiterate bench, but my basic understanding of electronic systems tells me voters’ verdict cannot be wholly determined on the basis of electronic transmission system. Votes that are cast can in a recount.
Maraga set free Kiambaa massacre suspects charged before him on the basis that prosecution witnesses could not identify them. His verdict came after the women, who escaped the brutal carnage, fainted on seeing the men who burnt their children, husbands and friends in Kiambaa Church. Maraga did not see any sense in adjoining the hearing until the traumatized women were adequately counseled to partially overcome the lifetime trauma.
Maraga’s Supreme Court is now fighting to subvert investigations by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) into claims of evidence documents falsification and perjury by NASA witness affidavits. Why would a Court purporting to be beyond Ceasar’s wife reproach fear such investigation?
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When those creaming loudest condemning the August 8th Election are MCAs, Members of Parliament, Senators and Governors drawing salaries as products of the same election, I cannot tell what colours selfish thieves of public coffers come in. To me, they are both small brained and deviously greedy without shame. But somehow they are not able to tell the difference. Voters have the ability to do that.
And that is exactly what happens every election cycle because Kenya politicians do not respect the National Anthem. They have no decorum in dealing with those with different view pints and hold no societal values.
The picture emerging from current political turmoil following Maraga’s judgment is that NASA should have preferred Uhuru’s victory swapped in the night and given to Raila. Uhuru strongly insist that the living baby is his but he is willing to go for a repeat election. But as the case with the woman who was stealing the baby she was so insistent that she was even willing to lie to the King, to commit perjury – even to the point where she would allow her roommate’s child to be butchered right there on the spot. This is messed up situation Kenya is in with claims that Supreme Court said Uhuru stole the Raila votes!
There is so much that is wrong with this situation, we hardly know where to start. King Solomon faced two prostitutes living on their own! We can imagine that they probably have no idea who the child’s fathers are, and so there is no one they can call in to testify that they recognize one of the children. They were not living with family, and so there are no witnesses to what happened.
And since both women are prostitutes, it was not as if you could call in any character witnesses to testify that one of the women was an upstanding member of society, but they were both of questionable character. And then, of course, this takes place in the days before DNA testing. There were no CSI teams to come in and take swabs to sort out the truth here.
On top of that, it appears that both women were too poor to have attorneys, so they end up appearing before King Solomon, arguing back and forth with what appears to be an unsolvable dispute. As we let this sink in a little bit, we realize that sin can lead us into some really messed up situations. That is quagmire Maraga landed Kenya into despite having the benefit of all technological and scientific ways of detecting forgeries introduced in the Supreme Court petition evidence.
Sin has the ability to warp the truth even to the point where it seems impossible to sort it all out. Sin can cause things to get so twisted that we may be tempted to just throw our hands up in despair. That is the kind of situation that King Solomon is dealing with here in 1 Kings 3. II. That is what Independent Elections & Boundaries Commission (IEBS) chairman Wafula Chebutaki finds himself today with unsolicited advisers calling for dialogue and negotiations.
Before him is a case of a Presidential candidate who wins a petition yet turns around and pulls out of a repeat poll after imposing conditions almost impossible to fulfill, very similar to splitting a living baby in two halves the way one the prostitutes wanted. Indeed, NASA is already advocating for secession led by its political charlatan David Ndii, that would see Kenya mutilated into two pieces, to create Luo Nation for Raila to be president.
Mutilating Kenya to create a country for Raila Presidency
There is a second aspect of this account that I would like for us to consider, and that is: God CARES. In fact, we could take it even further and say that God is interested in granting access to justice, even among the poor and immoral, the desperate and hopeless. So here is Solomon, one of the most powerful kings in the world, and yet he takes the time to judge a dispute between two prostitutes in the Bible and judges in Kenya throwing their country to hell.
We have no idea what the mother of the living baby had already tried up to this point. We assume that she appealed for justice locally, perhaps with some kind of local magistrate, perhaps her case was dismissed at several levels due to a lack of evidence, but due to this woman’s persistence, eventually the case makes it all the way to King Solomon. That was not the case with Presidential petitions since they fall under the armpit of the Supreme Court.
And so we find that two prostitutes in ancient Israel had access to their government. They had that access because God has always been concerned about justice. God wanted the truth to come out, regardless of any moral failings that these women might have had. In the New Testament, you may remember that Jesus also dealt with people of questionable moral character.
God does not ignore our problems, but God is concerned for us because of our problems. In the same way, there are so many other things that Solomon could have been concerned about as king, and in the big picture, nothing really bad would have happened to the nation if Solomon had not stepped in here, but Solomon was concerned that justice should be carried out, just as God was concerned and blessed Solomon with the wisdom to handle this particular case.
As Solomon looked at this situation, he knew that somebody was lying. Either the story was true that one mother had switched the babies, or one mother was lying to try to get a baby that was not hers. One way or the other, somebody was not telling the truth. And so faced with this case, Solomon starts to figure that one mother truly cares for her son and one mother is merely cold‐hearted and selfish, grasping for a child that was not truly hers. Instead of giving her child a decent burial, one of these women was a selfish kidnapper who was trying to steal a child and was willing to lie about it all the way to the top.
Solomon, therefore, in an effort to cut through to the truth, calls for a sword and orders that the living child be cut in half so that each mother could have a piece of the boy who was left. Immediately, of course (in verse 26), we find that the real mother is “deeply concerned.”
She has a gut feeling that only a mother could have, she gets “hot in the womb,” and she says, “Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him.” And then, as we might expect from a lying, selfish, kidnapper, the other woman says, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him!” Now, we know that it makes no sense to divide a child. And yet when greed and envy get involved, we know that making sense is not really a part of the equation anymore. That is where Kenya is today with some people calling for negotiations founded on lies, threats and street demonstration in which innocent lives are lost.
Street demonstrations demanding more than Supreme Court gave
Those who do evil do not always make sense. Solomon knew this, and so he used this knowledge to his advantage, and his threat of using the sword actually worked. The real mother spoke up and asked that her son be spared. Instead of watching her son be sliced in half, the real mother was willing to give him up; she was willing to let her son be raised by another woman.
We cannot imagine what a difficult decision that must have been, to think that she would allow her son to be raised by an evil, conniving fellow prostitute. How hard that must have been. But it fits in with what we know, that being a parent is hard work. There are some difficult decisions involved, and sometimes it’s not fair, especially to parents.
What Kenyans are faced with is a little like wrestling a Gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired, you quit when the Gorilla is tired. How is that for an interesting mental picture of what it means to be a real parent? It involves sacrifice even when we do not feel like it. Nevertheless, by using this test, by threatening with a sword, the case was solved, and Solomon demonstrated the wisdom of God, giving the boy back to his real mother.
Kenyan voters must not allow their country to be mutilated by ethnic warlords threatening secession if elections take place on October 26th 2017. Turn out with your swords in form of VOTES, and cast them to protect Kenya your Motherland. Choose your next President without fear or favour but through your God-given Solomonic wisdom. Remember, people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care – especially for your fellow human beings and your country. Election offers citizens the opportunity to do just that.
May Peace reign upon Kenya. Amen.