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Monday, April 8, 2013

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David and Nahash, king of the Ammonites, maintained a good relationship. After the death of Nahash, David sent a delegation to express condolences to his son Hanun. The new king’s counselors misinterpreted David’s intentions, humiliating his emissaries and sending them back without beards and almost without clothes.

 

Rather than apologizing for their offensiveness, the Ammonites followed paths of pride and violence. They leased soldiers from Mesopotamia in preparation to attack the people of Israel.

 

The Israeli army advanced to the battlefield and found itself surrounded. Ahead of them were the Ammonites and behind the Mesopotamians with Syrian horsemen. Joab divided his men into two bands, one of them under the command of Abishai, his brother, and said to him: “If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you are to help me; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will help you. Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in His sight” (1 Chronicles 19:12-13). The spirit of camaraderie between the two Israeli commanders and the sense of dependence on God were instrumental in the victory that followed.

 

Some time later, King Hanun, hired Aramean (Syrian) soldiers from beyond the Euphrates. Hadadezer sent his commander with a large army, but they were defeated. From that time on, the Syrians refused to help the Ammonites.

 

Diplomacy is not always enough to overcome oppressors.  When facing internal and external enemies cry out to God and He will grant you victory.

 

God of hosts, in the fight against evil, help me do my part and trust in Your deliverance!

 

Jobson Santos
Adventist Media Center
Brazil