Notes from the Journey with David – 110

110. Then Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him (2 Samuel 20:9).
Joab’s reign of terror over David’s army continues when he kills Amasa. David had promised that Amasa would be his captain, replacing Joab, but Joab deceives Amasa and eliminates his successor. Though David has regained his throne, his is an uncomfortable alliance with Joab. David’s failure to deal with Joab’s rebellious spirit now has him in the untenable situation of needing Joab, but wanting him replaced. Neither man respects the other, but their mutual interest keeps them walking parallel…at least for now. This uncomfortable situation exists because David didn’t consistently enforce the values of his leadership on his general. Now he has a real mess on his hands…

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