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May 10, 2018

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Reading along with us in 2 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Samuel 10 (ESV)

After this the king of the Ammonites died, and Hanun his son reigned in his place. And David said, “I will deal loyally with Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father dealt loyally with me.” So David sent by his servants to console him concerning his father. And David’s servants came into the land of the Ammonites.But the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun their lord, “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?” So Hanun took David’s servants and shaved off half the beard of each and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away.When it was told David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, “Remain at Jericho until your beards have grown and then return.”...Continue Reading

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  1. 12Be 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.”

  2. It is unfortunate when our kindness is misunderstood and rejected. And here it turns out to be worse for the ones rejecting it. Fearful and suspicious people will question the motives of others. We can be grateful that our relationship with God frees us from those things and allows us to take people at face value as well as provides us with discernment if something is really off. With God as our protector and defender, we have nothing to fear! But it is one thing to question someone’s motives, it’s another thing to shame and embarrass people because of your suspicion. And then they take it a step further and assume because David is upset he is going to go to war with them. So they go to war with him….presumption can be a dangerous thing.

    And in the midst of this, David is compassionate to his envoys and protects their shame. And then he is not even given a chance to respond graciously. Maybe he would have said, hey your dad died, it’s a tough time, just don’t do that again to my men. But with battles lines drawn and mercenaries hired, David sends Israel into battle. Joab shows wise and courageous leadership strategizing for a battle on two fronts, a challenging task for any general. And God grants success and David’s holdings are expanded….it is the success before the failure….it is the blessing before the cursing….and it is pretty much all downhill for David after chapter 11.

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