In 2 Samuel 18:19–23. When Ahimaaz, David’s courier (2 Samuel 15:36; 2 Samuel 17:17), announced that he would set out to tell to David of the army’s victory Joab prohibited him from doing so.
We cannot be certain why Joab would stop him.
- Perhaps Joab wanted to spare the king unnecessarily early grief over his son’s death.
- Joab may also have been concerned for Ahimaaz’s well-being being the bearer of such bad news.
- It is likely that he didn’t want David to know that he was the one who disregarded the king’s command to, “Treat the young man Absalom gently for my sake.” (2 Samuel 18:5)
Instead Joab dispatched an unnamed Cushite (an Ethiopian) who was obviously known to David. He was either considered more knowledgeable as to what had happened to Absalom (2 Samuel 18:29) or was more expendable. Ahimaaz was not to be denied, and finally received permission to go. Taking a shortcut, he outran the Cushite.