2 Sam 20 & 21 Wars won
2 Sam 20 & 21
Great opening line: “Now there happened to be a worthless fellow”.
And soon after: “So all the men of Israel withdrew from David” and followed a worthless fellow because he blew a trumpet! Beware of people who say “we’re so advanced today” or “back in the old days the were so silly” — get the right trumpet today and people follow worthless fellows!
Sheba’s revolt is more dangerous than Absalom’s. Absalom’s was effectively a civil war. Sheba is playing off tribal divisions between David’s tribe — Judah — and the northern tribes of Israel. Yes, Judah is one of the 12 tribes of Israel, but very often the term “Israel” means “All the tribes except Judah”.
“A wise woman” — wise and unnamed. A wise woman cuts through the none sense, and gets the problem solved with minimum bloodshed. The worthless fellow loses his head.
2 Sam 21:1-14
By and large Americans don’t understand “blood guilt” thinking — demanding the deaths of members of your enemy’s families. While we should recognize that this is wrong, we should understand that others think this way.
2 Sam 21:15-22
David’s soldier’s now ask David to keep himself safe and not risk his life by fighting. This is a change from when he chose to stay at home and called for Bathsheba to visit.
Fr Jim Dubrouillet
on Friday, May 22 at 7:33AM