2 Samuel 10

2 Samuel 10 has the King of the Ammonites dying.  Nahash had been a loyal ally of David’s, so David tells his people “I will deal loyally with Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father dealt loyally with me”.  Nahash’s son Hanun took the throne to reign in his place.  David sent servants to the land of the Ammonites to bring comfort to Hanun, but he gets some bad advice from the princes of the land who convinced him that the servants David sent were there to spy.  “Has not David sent his servants to you to search the city and to spy it out and to overthrow it”?

Bad counsel leads to a very bad set of decisions on Hanun’s part.  He listens to the bad counsel and “shaved off half the beard of each and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away”.  What David had done in honor and care was not only rejected, but humiliated.  These servants of peace and comfort were sent packing.  David heard what had happened and “sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed”.  He instructs them to remain at Jerico until their beards had grown out and then come back to his service.  David was sensitive to their needs and honored his servants by allowing them to become whole again.

When the Ammonites saw that they had become a stench to David, the Ammonites sent and hired the Syrians”….33,000 men to do battle with David’s army.  David sent Joab and all the host of the mighty men to face them.  The enemy split up with the Ammonites set to attack from the front and the Syrians from the rear.  “When Joab saw that the battle was set against him both in front and in the rear, he chose some of the best men of Israel and arrayed them against the Syrians. The rest of his men he put in the charge of Abishai his brother, and he arrayed them against the Ammonites”.  Joab wisely shared command with his brother and split the warriors in half.  At that, the enemy fled realizing they would not win.

But they hadn’t really given up.  They just went back and pulled together some more soldiers.  The king of Syria wasn’t ready to admit defeat so he pulled together all the men he could and sent them out to attack David’s men.  Bad decision, as David “gathered all Israel together and crossed the Jordan and came to Helam. The Syrians arrayed themselves against David and fought with him….fled before Israel, and David killed of the Syrians the men of 700 chariots, and 40,000 horsemen, and wounded Shobach the commander of their army, so that he died there”.  It was a major victory.  David defeated the Syrians wiping out their army and killed the commander as well.  From that came a peace agreement with the neighboring kings as they admitted they were no match for David and his mighty men.

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