Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Interesting Story

We always like to start with something a little interesting, start with a little interesting thing. I heard a story about two mother-in-laws that dragged a young man in a three-piece suit to King Solomon. They went before him and the first lady said, “King Solomon, this man must marry my daughter.” And the second lady said, “King Solomon, this man must marry my daughter.” So they kept on going, all about this and they kept arguing.

And King Solomon had to silence them saying, “Silence, ladies, please, please, let’s be civil here.” And he said, “Get me my sword and I shall slice this man in half. And you can have half, and you can have half. In that way you’ll be happy. And the first lady said, “That’s a great idea. Bring your sword!” And the second lady said, “Oh, don’t shed innocent blood. It is all right. Let the first lady have the lawyer.” (Laughter).

And so King Solomon immediately proclaimed, “So the first lady’s daughter will marry this lawyer—this very young man.” And at that, one of the King’s advisors said, “But King Solomon, this woman was willing to slice her son-in-law in half. How could you give him to such a woman?” And he said, “Well, now, I know that she is really a mother-in-law.” (Laughter).

Sermon: Ever-Growing Life / February 16, 2008

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