(19 verses, 3:15 to read)
What I am about to READ
David subdued the Ammonites and their Syrian mercenaries.
MARK and LEARN
1-3: Nahash, the king of the Ammonites, had been a friend to David. However, his son, Hanun, was a foolish man and drew David into another war.
4-9: Hanun shamefully mistreats David’s ambassadors.
10-19: Joab faced a battle on two fronts. He divided his forces so he could fight both the Ammonites and the Syrian mercenaries. Of special importance is his commission to his men and his reliance on the Lord. He simply put himself into the Lord’s hands, and the Lord gave him the victory.
This story must have provided enthusiasm or the Jews in Ezra’s time. These are stories of bravery, of confidence in the Lord, and of the Lord’s deliverance. All of them would have encouraged the Jews under Ezra – that they too should adopt Joab’s attitude, continue to move forward with their building project in spite of great odds, and leave the rest in the Lord’s hands. They should not give way to fear.
The story functions the same way for us today. Just as Joab simply put himself in the Lord’s hands, in true fear, love, and trust in God we too should place our battles in the Lord’s hands. That’s a safe place to be! He will provide.
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.