... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)

21
June
2012

David and Joab: wisdom and justice! - Killing Amasa and Absalom

Joab kills Amasa and Absalom

Years later, it was after about thirty three years, for killing Abner took place shortly before David was asked by the leaders of Israel to become their king and David ruled after seven and a half years over Judah an additional thirty three years over the whole of Israel. And justice was done after his death by his son Salomon. How did that come about?

Often when some one who committed a crime and think that they have got away with it, they might do it again. So did Joab. He took the life of two other man, one in battle but the other he murdered. At this time Joab was the commander of Israel's army. A position he earned when David took Jerusalem in. Joab was the first to lead the attack on the Jebusites - 1 Chronicles 11:4-9 - and David rewarded him by giving him the position as he promised he would to the one whom would achieve this. Now, after so many years he murdered Amasa commander of the army of Israel, 1 Kings 2:32. David send first Amasa, his relative whom he made commander of Israel's army instead of Joab - 2 Samuel 19:13 - to deal with the revolt led by Sheba which started after David returned on request of the Israeli leadership to Jerusalem, 2 Samuel 20:4-5. When David send Abishai with his royal guard out to assist Amasa, Joab dressed up for battle, joined him and when Amasa met them along the way Joab cowardly murdered him, 2 Samuel 20: 8-13.

But before Amasa, Joab killed Absalom the son of David whom tried to claim David's throne by setting up a coup - he was later defeated and killed, against David's strict orders not to harm him, in battle, 2 Samuel 18:9-17 - with help of Ahithophel, David's most trusted advisor at the time - 2 Samuel 16:23 - whom later realizing he couldn't achieve his goal committed suicide, 2 Samuel 17:23

What was Joab's real motive to kill Absalom in battle? Actually earlier it was Joab whom by his own initiative brought Absalom back to Jerusalem - 2 Samuel 14:1-24,28 – where he lived for two years without seeing David. After Absalom lived in exile for three years - 2 Samuel 13:39 - because he killed his half brother Amnon over his sister Tamar that Amnon had abused, 2 Samuel 13. But, when Absalom wanted to force Joab to come and see him - 2 Samuel 14:28-33 - because Absalom wanted Joab to make arrangements for him to see his father David to bring about their reconciliation - 2 Samuel 14:25-33 - Absalom burned down Joabs harvest, 2 Samuel 14:28-33.

... 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. ... Romans 12:17-21 (NIV)

21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you. Proverbs 25:21-22 (NIV)

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: King David