1Ki 3:19 And this woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on him. 20 So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from my side, while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.
The tale of these two women continue. Here they stand before the highest court of the land. They are of questionable characters, they have no lawyers to represent them, they have no witnesses. Others may have found it hard to take them seriously. This case will be hard to resolve before any of our earthly judges.
The accuser presents a case of her child being taken away from her while she slept. She says the defendant lay on her son and he died, and in the middle of the night she switched sons. If this was true, then this other woman accidentally killed her son. The accuser is not painting a picture of her as a bad, cruel, unloving mother. She will not advance her case by lying, exaggerating or using inflammatory words. She is pretty much saying the woman loved her son, the only difference is that all the love, affection, attachment, connections, dreams she had for her son now dead, she transferred them to this other woman’s child. She could not come to terms that her situation changed, accept and heal. Her denial pushed her start living a lie rather than heal.
Truth, character matters even in the most difficult situations. The value of testimony hinges on rectitude of personal character and that will be more clear later on.