Archive for August 2nd, 2012

2 Samuel 10

2 Samuel 10 is a chapter about David and war.  The chapter begins innocently enough.  The kind of the Ammonites died and David sends some of “his servants to console him” – with him being Hanun the son who took over the throne.  David and Nahash, the king who had died, had been loyal to each other and so David was being considerate and wanted to show his respect so sent some key people.  But the princes of the Ammonites get in the way.  They convince Hanun, the new king, that there was a scheme happening.

Do you think, because David has sent comforters to you, that he is honoring your father? Has not David sent his servants to you to search the city and to spy it out and to overthrow it”?  What is the lesson here?  Hanun gets some bad advice.  He listened to guys who obviously did not know what they were talking about.  They convince Hanun that David has ulterior motives, when in fact, it was probably they that had the wrong motives.  If we are not discerning, and surrounded by the right kind of advisors, we can get into a real mess.

David is not amused.  Hanun had shaved half the beards of the guys David had sent with his condolences, as well as cutting off some of their clothes.  Bad decision as it irritated David greatly. He tells the returning folks to stay at Jericho until things grew back to normal, and he turns to Joab to settle the score.  Scripture says that the Ammonites had “become a stench” to David.  This is based on what they had done, all because of bad advice from the wrong people.  Joab gets his troops together and they are facing not only the Ammonites, but also hired armies from Syria and Tob and Maacah.

There was quite a group assembled to fight against Israel.  Joab says “Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him”.  Catch that?  This is God’s battle.  They know that victory will be from the Lord, not their own strength.  The enemy flees and fights and David killed 40,700 men along with the enemy commander.  It was a massacre of immense proportions.  And the outcome was that all the neighboring kinds figured out that when God was with them, the Israelites were undefeatable.  God plus one is enough to win.  Is God in control of your life and your battles?  He is able, more than able!

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