2 Samuel 19

2 Samuel 19 has David in mourning after defeating Absalom and the enemy.  “The king is weeping and mourning for Absalom”.  He has lost another son and so while he had won the battle, “the victory that day was turned into mourning for all the people”.  Things went quickly from joy to sorrow as David learned of Absaloms death.  Word got around and all the people knew that David was mourning.  In their eyes, he was morning for an enemy and it made no sense, but they too began to mourn with the king.

Joab, one of the key military leaders, comes to David and rebukes him.  “You have today covered with shame the faces of all your servants, who have this day saved your life and the lives of your sons and your daughters and the lives of your wives and your concubines, because you love those who hate you and hate those who love you. For you have made it clear today that commanders and servants are nothing to you, for today I know that if Absalom were alive and all of us were dead today, then you would be pleased”.

Joab is in the king’s face about the message he is sending to his people and particularly his troops.  They had just risked their lives and put everything on the line to fight for the king, and now that they have had victory, the focus is on the death of the enemy commander.  Joab doesn’t sugar coat his words.  He challenges David to take this situation and turn it around.  “Now therefore arise, go out and speak kindly to your servants, for I swear by the Lord, if you do not go, not a man will stay with you this night, and this will be worse for you than all the evil that has come upon you from your youth until now”.

David is personally mourning but the people need to see his resolve as king.  Joab identified the issue around leadership.  David steps up and begins to communicate with the people.  But things quickly become territorial and self-centered as the tribes begin to position to get David’s attention.  The Israelites, who just were defeated, now want to lay claim to him as king.  “We have ten shares in the king, and in David also we have more than you”.  Time to clarify the king’s role and whom he serves.  The soap opera called David’s life continues…..

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