2 Samuel 19 & 20: A Wise Woman
Verse of the Day: (20:16) Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab, Come near hither, that I may speak with thee.
1. Weep (19:1-40)
And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and mourneth for Absalom. (19:1)
Joab, David’s captain, persuaded him to cease weeping over his son, Absalom’s death, and moved on, as he still had many people who cared for him. David heeded Joab’s advice and rallied and united the people of Israel and Judah. David forgave Shimei and spared his life although the latter had cursed and cast stones at him while he was on the run from Absalom who wanted him dead. David was touched by Mephibosheth’s loyalty as the latter had neither trimmed his beard nor washed his clothes since David was on the run. David showed gratitude to Barzillai by inviting him to stay at his palace as the latter had generously provided for him while he was on the run. Barzillai declined as he was already 80 years old and would rather stay at his home. Indeed let us be gracious to all including our enemies, and know that God has made everything beautiful in His time, and even the death of His saints are their promotion to glorious heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11)
2. Words (19:41-43)
And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David than ye: why then did ye despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king? And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel. (19:43)
A war of words nearly broke out into a civil war as the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than that of Israel as the latter claimed that they were not consulted over the return of David to the throne though David was from Judah. Sheba, a Benjamite, then seized the opportunity to lead another revolt after Absalom’s. Let us submit to God, and be kind to another, and be careful with our words as they can either heal or harm us. (James 1:19-20)
3. Wise (20:1-26)
Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king. (20:22)
Amasa, David’s captain, was to lead the army against Sheba, however, he procrastinated, and Joab, his cousin, killed him, and replaced him. While besieging the city where Sheba and his rebels resided, a wise woman intervened and advised Joab that she would take down Sheba’s head to stop the bloodshed. She convinced her people, and they killed Sheba, and thus peace prevailed. Indeed, let us be wise and only fear God. (Proverbs 9:10)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please grant me wisdom so that I can handle life crises and challenges.