G-d said to him, “Because you have made this request instead of asking long life or riches for yourself, or your enemies’ death, but rather asked for yourself understanding to discern justice; I am doing what you requested. I am giving you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has never been anyone like you, nor will there ever again be anyone like you.
Why is justice so important to The LORD? Justice is about making things right. Justice is about ensuring wholeness. Why was it wrong for the grieving mother to swap her dead son for the other woman’s living son? The grieved woman had a chance at life with her son. When his life ended, she had no right to take from someone else to make her whole. If the object of justice is wholeness, taking from others and hurting them can not be part of justice. That woman can never get her son back and taking away another woman’s son isn’t the solution. How is the grieved woman made whole? In the here and now, the answer is difficult. It takes time and perseverance to heal and cope and go on living in the face of such grief. There is always the hope of resurrection, but that can feel like an empty promise so near to the trauma. That grieved mother may never see justice in the life of this world, but her solutions to solve the problem were wrong because they were destructive and in the strict sense, life and abundance do not come from destruction. Our Heavenly Father longs for fellowship with whole beings broken or healed and the only way we can heal ourselves and draw closer to Him is through striving for justice.