Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Dealing with Guerrillas
I was born and raised in Colombia, South America. The people are warm, and gentle and kind. However, two thirds of the country is jungle, and wild. Wild geographically, wild as far as the jungle growth goes, and wild in the political, military and economic sense.
"Guerrillas in Colombia have been formed by a body of fighters engaging in mobile asymmetric irregular warfare, also known as guerrilla warfare, usually in opposition to the Government of Colombia or any other established authority. The oldest and largest currently operational is the FARC-EP (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias Colombiana)." Wiki
A long time ago the FARC had philosophical underpinnings in communism. Now it is just a large, organized gang of thugs.
"FARC receives most of its funding -which has been estimated to average some $300 million per year- from taxation of the illegal drug trade, ransom kidnappings, bank robberies, and extortion of large landholders, multinational corporations, and agribusiness. From taxation of illegal drugs alone, FARC has been estimated to receive approximately 60 to 100 million dollars per year." Wiki
In today's story David has become a guerrilla warrior. Because king Saul and all the army is after him, he has formed his own rag rag army of ruffians. Although he is a righteous man, his system is like all guerrilla warriors. "I saw you. You have money. We have lots of men and weapons. We didn't harm you, so pay us money. If you do not pay us money we will harm you. Big time..." Not a very righteous system!
1 Samuel 25:1 "Then David moved down to the wilderness of Maon.[a] 2 There was a wealthy man from Maon who owned property near the town of Carmel. He had 3,000 sheep and 1,000 goats, and it was sheep-shearing time. 3 This man’s name was Nabal, and his wife, Abigail, was a sensible and beautiful woman. But Nabal, a descendant of Caleb, was crude and mean in all his dealings.
4 When David heard that Nabal was shearing his sheep, 5 he sent ten of his young men to Carmel with this message for Nabal: 6 “Peace and prosperity to you, your family, and everything you own! 7 I am told that it is sheep-shearing time. While your shepherds stayed among us near Carmel, we never harmed them, and nothing was ever stolen from them. 8 Ask your own men, and they will tell you this is true. So would you be kind to us, since we have come at a time of celebration? Please share any provisions you might have on hand with us and with your friend David.” 9 David’s young men gave this message to Nabal in David’s name, and they waited for a reply.
10 “Who is this fellow David?” Nabal sneered to the young men. “Who does this son of Jesse think he is? There are lots of servants these days who run away from their masters. 11 Should I take my bread and my water and my meat that I’ve slaughtered for my shearers and give it to a band of outlaws who come from who knows where?”
12 So David’s young men returned and told him what Nabal had said. 13 “Get your swords!” was David’s reply as he strapped on his own. Then 400 men started off with David, and 200 remained behind to guard their equipment."
400 men. Fully armed. Coming to pillage and destroy because a rich man had not paid up! Scary!!
God had a bigger purpose in all this. He was training David to be the Warrior King who would establish the Kingdom of Israel in the midst of a violent and hostile territory.
But over in Nabal's household, there was at least one person who was scared to death!