Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dominate!


King David was the first American!

One of the hallmarks of American culture is "be the best you can be." Some of our sales mantras, like "when the going gets tough, the tough get going..." or
"it takes 99 "nos" to get to 1 "yes"", describe our culture. We were formed out of the toughness of the frontier, and the self reliance and rugged individuality learned over a couple of centuries are still part of the fiber of American life.

In business, one of the rallying cries is "take no prisoners," or "Business is war!" In war, we recently coined a term "shock and awe!"

In this passage David, the warrior, is cleaning up his territory and going on to dominate the entire region.

1 "In the days that followed, David struck hard at the Philistines— brought them to their knees and took control of the countryside." 2 Samuel 8

I don't know if you have been reading along, but that is a dramatic difference from not too long ago. Listen to how it was during the beginning of Saul's time as king...

6-7 "When the Israelites saw that they were way outnumbered and in deep trouble, they ran for cover, hiding in caves and pits, ravines and brambles and cisterns—wherever. They retreated across the Jordan River, refugees fleeing to the country of Gad and Gilead." (1 Samuel 13)

Hiding. Fleeing. Abandoning the fight... And completely dominated and beat down.

19-22 "There wasn't a blacksmith to be found anywhere in Israel. The Philistines made sure of that—"Lest those Hebrews start making swords and spears." That meant that the Israelites had to go down among the Philistines to keep their farm tools—plowshares and mattocks, axes and sickles—sharp and in good repair. They charged a silver coin for the plowshares and mattocks, and half that for the rest. So when the battle of Micmash was joined, there wasn't a sword or spear to be found anywhere in Israel—except for Saul and his son Jonathan; they were both well-armed." (1 Samuel 13)

No more! After David got the Philistines subdued to the west, he took on the eastern borders.

2 "He also fought and defeated Moab. He chose two-thirds of them randomly and executed them. The other third he spared. So the Moabites fell under David's rule and were forced to bring tribute. 3 -4 On his way to restore his sovereignty at the River Euphrates, David next defeated Hadadezer son of Rehob the king of Zobah. He captured from him a thousand chariots, seven thousand cavalry, and twenty thousand infantry. He hamstrung all the chariot horses, but saved back a hundred." (2 Samuel 8)

Then he turned his attention to the northern areas...

5 -6 "When the Arameans from Damascus came to the aid of Hadadezer king of Zobah, David killed twenty-two thousand of them. David set up a puppet government in Aram-Damascus. The Arameans became subjects of David and were forced to bring tribute. God gave victory to David wherever he marched.
7 -8 David plundered the gold shields that belonged to the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. He also looted a great quantity of bronze from Tebah and Berothai, cities of Hadadezer." (2 Samuel 8)

No peaceful negotiation here! It was total domination! As a result, all the surrounding nations paid taxes to King David.

14 "God gave David victory wherever he marched.
15 Thus David ruled over all of Israel. He ruled well—fair and even-handed in all his duties and relationships." (2 Samuel 8)

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