SATURDAY 6 August, 2016
A Major Dispute
Now all the people were in a dispute throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, “The king saved us from the hand of our enemies, he delivered us from the hand of the Philistines, and now he has fled from the land because of Absalom. But Absalom, whom we anointed over us, has died in battle. Now therefore, why do you say nothing about bringing back the king?”
- 2 Samuel 19:9-10
The people had fled to their tents discouraged and defeated over the king’s grief for Absalom. But now David is going to speak with them at the city gate. Meanwhile, within the tribes of Israel, there arose a major dispute––some wanted their king back on the throne while others voiced their concerns; they believed the king had become weak. He had fled Jerusalem and his son’s plan to take over the throne had nearly succeeded.
However, this was far from the truth. David had been a king who had sought a peaceful solution in a difficult situation. He trusted his men, and his captain Joab. But what did his chief commander do? Remember, through a servant who had seen Absalom vulnerable, hanging by his head from a tree, he saw an opportunity to kill the king’s son.
The wise servant refused to lay a hand against Absalom. But Joab decided to kill the king’s son himself––right there without a single thought for David’s command to keep Absalom safe. Joab thought his opinion was better than David’s. He overreached his bounds and did not follow the chain of command; he disobeyed his leader––his king!
When God gives us a command and we decide, in our opinion that we know better, we are no different than Joab. We should respect the Word of God. The Lord is our leader––our King! Joshua saw himself in the right perspective before his leader and humbly asked: “What does my Lord say to His servant?” (Joshua 13-14
). Joshua was ready to obey, are you?
“…as Commander of the army of the LORD I [Jesus] have now come.”
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