1 Kings 3 describes the famous story of Whose Baby Is This. It demonstrates the wisdom of King Solomon. Two mothers lay claim on one baby.
23 The king said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your son is dead,’ while that one says, ‘No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.’ ”
Then Solomon makes a seemingly genius move.
24 Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. 25He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”
The wise logic hinges on the two acts in verse 26
The woman [good mother] whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, "Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don't kill him!" But the other [bad mother] said, "Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!"
The bad mother has shown her true color. Now the truth is clear.
27Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.”
28When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.
In logical terms, what precisely is Solomon's wise act? What if the bad mother had acted smartly and shrewdly? Will Solomon's logic collapse? Analyze in terms of a sequence of chess moves to checkmate the bad mother no matter how she would respond.