Who will tell David of his son’s death?

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.

By | 2018-11-19T08:01:04+00:00 November 22nd, 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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