Today I have some notes from 2 Samuel. 

Then Joab went into the house to the king and said, “Today you have humiliated all your men, who have just saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters and the lives of your wives and concubines.

2 Samuel 19:5 (NIV)

When King David heard about Absalom’s death, he was grief-stricken. It didn’t seem to matter that much that Absalom had rebelled and would have killed David and all of those who had supported him. However, when Absalom died, I think David’s grief wasn’t just about Absalom, but also about the circumstances David had allowed to enter into his family. 

When David had Uriah the Hittite killed, the Lord told David, through Nathan, that the sword would never depart from his house (cf. 2 Samuel 12:10). Since that time, his daughter Tamar was raped by her brother Amnon, who was murdered by Absalom, who is now dead. I expect when David was weeping for Absalom that these other horrible circumstances were also on his mind. What more awaited the House of David because of his actions with Uriah? 

As cold as it might seem, David needed to keep his game face. He was the king. As the king, he had a responsibility to his people regardless of how he felt. Although we might not be kings and queens, if we’re in a position of leadership, we too have a responsibility to those we serve. Dare I say, even if we aren’t in a position of leadership we have to keep a guard on how we behave around unbelievers and those new to the faith? Especially in times of grief? Where is our hope in the Lord and for eternal salvation if we behave as the world does when someone has gone Home to be with the Lord? Of course, this isn’t to say that we don’t grieve.

Amasa

When Absalom rebelled against King David, he appointed Amasa head of his army (cf. 2 Samuel 17:25). However, I don’t think Amasa did a very good job since Absalom was caught unaware by Joab and killed with no support from Amasa or the rest of the army (cf. 2 Samuel 18:14-15). One of the first actions of King David while returning was to appoint Amasa the new head of the army (cf. 2 Samuel 19:13). However, when Sheba son of Bikri took up arms against David, we read something interesting about Amasa. 

But when Amasa went to summon Judah, he took longer than the time the king had set for him.

2 Samuel 20:5 (NIV)

It’s not clear what it was that delayed Amasa, just as it wasn’t clear what caused him to be separated from Absalom, but the fact of the matter is that Amasa was delayed. This doesn’t bode well for someone newly appointed as the commander, so when Joab murders Amasa in verse 10, I think there’s more to it than jealousy. 

Amasa was not on his guard against the dagger in Joab’s hand, and Joab plunged it into his belly, and his intestines spilled out on the ground. Without being stabbed again, Amasa died. Then Joab and his brother Abishai pursued Sheba son of Bikri.

2 Samuel 20:10 (NIV)

Joab was a ruthless man, but he was also loyal to David, and if Amasa was a traitor (He was, wasn’t he? He followed Absalom.) then Joab’s actions could be seen as best for Israel and not just Joab killing the man who took his position. I’m not saying murdering someone is right. Joab was, as I said, a ruthless man, but the perception that Amasa was a traitor could have sown confusion into the ranks of an army already torn by betrayal. 

That’s all I have for today. I pray this day finds you well, and I thank you for stopping by!