Notes from the Journey with David – 111

111. Why do you want to swallow up the Lord’s inheritance (2 Samuel 20:19)?
Joab’s bloody journey continues at the town of Abel, where he is ready to destroy the city in his effort to kill Sheba. Fortunately, a woman stops him, promising to toss him the head of Sheba if he will relent from destroying the city. While we are unaware of what took place inside the city, Sheba’s head is tossed down from the wall and the city is spared. Now it may be difficult to find a moral point here except that Joab’s rampage had him making destructive decisions beyond his true goal. When emotions run high, people kill flies with grenades. The path of their destruction is much wider than it need be and greater damage is done for the long term.

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