2 Samuel 20

2 Samuel 20 has a new threat for David.  “Now there happened to be there a worthless man, whose name was Sheba”.  Quite a description in scripture, isn’t it?  To be called a worthless man.  He was a trouble causer or rabble rouser and was out to disrupt David’s life as king.  He was focused on leading the people of Israel away from David as he waid “we have no portion in David, and we have no inheritance in the son of Jesse”.  Basically a challenge to David’s claim to the throne, and he was getting some traction.

David has to be getting tired of all this nonsense.  So he calls the men of Judah together and asks them to take care of things.  “Now Sheba the son of Bichri will do us more harm than Absalom. Take your lord’s servants and pursue him, lest he get himself to fortified cities and escape from us”.  David wants him dead and the disruption and lies to stop.  So Joab and Abishi take off with the army and pursue him.  They catch up to him and lay siege to the city Abel where he was hiding.

As the army is battering the wall to knock it down, “a wise woman called from the city” asking Joab for a conference.  She was part of the group of wise people that were “peaceable and faithful in Israel” and had offered counsel and resolved issues previously.  So Joab comes and listens to her plea not to destroy the city.  He agrees as all he really is after is Sheba.  So they cut off Sheba’s head and throw it over the wall and end the siege.  He blows the trumpet and calls off the chase sending everyone home.

David returns to rule and puts his leadership team in place:

  • Joab was in command of all the army of Israel
  • Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was in command of the Cherethites and the Pelethites
  • Adoram was in charge of the forced labor
  • Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was the recorder
  • Sheva was secretary
  • Zadok and Abiathar were priests
  • Ira the Jairite was also David’s priest

He has assembled a team to help with leading the people.  Some familiar names, some new faces, but a team rather than one man only leading the way.

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