Notes from the Journey with David – 77

77. Why did you get so close to the city to fight? (2 Samuel 11:20).
Joab’s anticipation of David’s criticism starts with David’s effort to have Uriah killed. Joab is insulating himself against his Master’s reaction by using David’s own lack of integrity against him. How does David think he will maintain the trust of his men when he acts in such a horrific manner? David’s sin has corrupted him, his captain, and his army. If David might wonder at Joab’s actions, won’t the men fighting with him see the reasons for criticism too? Lack of integrity and unwholesome actions have a way of spreading through an organization, damaging many more than those who were targeted.

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