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21
June
2012

David and Joab: wisdom and justice! - Justice!

Justice will be done!

Joab would only be held accountable by Salomon on strong advice of his father - 1 Kings 2:5-6 - for the deaths of Abner and Amasa, two men whom were innocent, for he didn't kill them in battle but murdered them - 1 Kings 2:31-33 - driven by his own personal motives and without the knowledge of King David. And, even though Joab didn't choose the side of Absalom, he did prefer Adonijah to become king after David died instead of Salomon whom was David's and God's choice. David didn't see justice done, but he trusted the Almighty God and was confident that his son Salomon would get this job done. 

Joab's motives to each of these three deaths he caused were personal; first the death of his brother Asahel, second the burning down of his harvest by Absalom, and third him in an attempt to regain his power and position of commander of Israel's army - 2 Samuel 20:23 – which he lost to Amasa, whom was made commender of Israel's army in his place. So, Joab was a man whom put his own personal motives and wishes first before all, even before that of the king of Israel. Once Joab even threatened David with loosing the support of his army, which he characterised as the worst disaster that would ever happen to David - 2 Samuel 19:7 - After which David made Amasa in charche of Israel's army instead of him. But Joab retaliated and killed him. This does show the power Joab had within the army.

Benaiah killed Joab in the Tent of God's presence, the Tabernacle - 1 Kings 2:28-35 - and afterwards King Salomon made Benaiah commander of Israel's army instead of Joab, 1 Kings 2:35

Joab holding to the corners of the altar - 1 Kings 2:28 - couldn't save him, for as Exodus 21:14 puts it,
14 But if anyone schemes and kills someone deliberately, that person is to be taken from my altar and put to death.

And, Exodus 21:12 says,
12 “Anyone who strikes a person with a fatal blow is to be put to death.

According to the law, approved by King David, ordered by King Salomon and by the hand of Benaiah, … justice was served!

King David,
47 “The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior! 
48 He is the God who avenges me,who puts the nations under me,
49 who sets me free from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from a violent man you rescued me.
50 Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name. 

51 “He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever."

2 Samuel 22:47 -51 (NIV)/ Psalm 18

 

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