Violent Endings

We read in 2 Samuel 20:1–3. The contention between the Israelite and Judean delegations at Gilgal became so heated that a Benjamite by the name of Sheba announced a revolutionary movement against David and led the Israelites to desert the king. David and the Judeans then continued their homeward journey to Jerusalem alone. Once there, David reasserted his monarchical claims by, among other things, regathering his harem (cf. 15:16). He provided for them, but remained sexually aloof because they had been appropriated by his son Absalom (16:21–22).

We read in 2 Samuel 20:4–10 of an urgent matter. It was clear to David that he must overcome the rouge  movement that had been initiated by Sheba at Gilgal. So he ordered Amasa, his new commander (2 Samuel 19:13), to reorganize the army of Judah in three days so that Sheba might be brought to justice. When Amasa was unable to do so in the allotted time Abishai, at David’s command, took his own personal elite troops (2 Samuel 18:2) and set out for the North (2 Samuel 20:7). 

On the way they met Amasa at Gibeon, about five miles north of Jerusalem. Joab, though having been demoted and replaced by Amasa, was present. Pretending to greet Amasa warmly, Joab killed him with his dagger. Thus Joab gained revenge for his loss of rank. What is particularly heinous is the fact that Joab and Amasa were cousins, sons of two of David’s half sisters (1 Chronicles 2:16–17). Again, then, the prophecy of Nathan came to pass: “The sword will never depart from your house” (2 Samuel 12:10).

By | 2018-11-25T16:52:33-05:00 November 28th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

About the Author:

Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 23 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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