No one wants to be humiliated. Most of us are willing to do whatever it takes to keep from being humiliated. Here the Kings own men receive the kind of humiliation that comes when you realize that your own character has been challenged and made public. The goodness and kindness that God puts into the heart of his people… many use against us to humiliate us. We’re talking about the kind of humiliation that goes beyond embarrassment to anguish.
It is also said this humiliation is something we all must go through, not for growth, but for salvation. Through it and in obedience to God’s instruction, we learn how to deal with people in godly ways–rather than heaping sin upon more sin. We also learn to seek the protective covering for us through Christ’s sacrifice.
In the Beatitudes, Jesus talks about the humble, the lowly, and those who mourn.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” ~ Matthew 5:3-5
The scene is after David has shown kindness to Methebosheth, Johnathon’s son. The enemy will surely try to strike us down after we we do some good and pleasing for God. The Lord has helped David to set up a holy kingdom. The people are all of one accord singing and praising the God of Israel. This scripture shows the evil nature of the heart’s of men. This was more of a strike against David rather than the nation of Israel. A progression of Satanic attacks will begin to take place in David’s personal life from this point on.
.At War with the Ammonites (2 Sam. 10:1–19)
The king of the Ammonites died. David affirmed his loyalty to the Ammonites because of the friendship he had with the deceased king. But the Ammonites insulted the Israelites who had come to them in kindness and shaved off half of the beard of each man. They also cut off their garments at their hips and sent them away in disgrace. David let his servants stay at Jericho until their beards had grown out. In the meantime he prepared to punish the Ammonites.
This is a terrific passage of people from different nations working together for the good of all. The Syrians were hired by the Ammonites to join in fighting Israel. Joab, David’s general, realized that he was faced with a battle on two fronts. He divided his forces and prepared for battle. He chose to lead the battle against the Syrians and put Abishai in charge of the battle against the Ammonites. First the Syrians were defeated and then the Ammonites fled. After this battle, the Syrians regrouped and came against Israel again. David led in a decisive victory over them. The Syrians decided it was not a good idea to help the Ammonites against Israel any more.
One of the most inspiring texts of the Bible is found in verses 11 and 12. Joab said to Abishai, his brother, “If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. Be of good courage, and let us play the man for our people, and for the cities of our God; and may the Lord do what seems good to him.”
The Ammonites and Syrians Defeated