Notes from the Journey with David – 101

101. Even if a thousand shekels were weighed out into my hands, I would not lift my hand against the king’s son (2 Samuel 18:12).
The man had heard David’s plea for his son to be protected in this battle, but Joab will ignore David’s request. The man who found Absalom will not raise his hand against the king’s son. His obedience to the king’s wishes demonstrates his loyalty, where others had previously thought that bringing the king news of his enemies’ defeat (Saul) would bring reward. Joab, on the other hand, will act on his own ideas of what is good for the kingdom. He is convinced that Absalom must die in order that the rebellion be put down (and he’s probably right). But there is one man who puts the king’s request ahead of his own ambitions, and for that he should be honored.

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