Sunday, May 16, 2010

Best Military in the World!

No - not the US military, silly!
King David's guys...

David's core competency at this point in his life was military conquest. That would make or break the kingdom.

However, he had gotten distracted. Instead of leading his troops, he was staring at beautiful naked women and having sex.

It is a reminder, that often when we are on the top of our game we are in more danger than when we are in the struggle! Think Tiger Woods. Think Bill Clinton. (Well - no, he was always degenerate)

Joab and the fighting forces are winning left and right. Joab, the loyal general sends this message to David.

26 "Meanwhile, Joab was fighting against Rabbah, the capital of Ammon, and he captured the royal fortifications.[h] 27 Joab sent messengers to tell David, “I have fought against Rabbah and captured its water supply.[i] 28 Now bring the rest of the army and capture the city. Otherwise, I will capture it and get credit for the victory.”

29 So David gathered the rest of the army and went to Rabbah, and he fought against it and captured it. 30 David removed the crown from the king’s head,[j] and it was placed on his own head. The crown was made of gold and set with gems, and it weighed seventy-five pounds.[k] David took a vast amount of plunder from the city. 31 He also made slaves of the people of Rabbah and forced them to labor with[l] saws, iron picks, and iron axes, and to work in the brick kilns.[m] That is how he dealt with the people of all the Ammonite towns. Then David and all the army returned to Jerusalem."

Chronicles tells the story more succinctly.

1 Chronicles 20
David Captures Rabbah

1 "In the spring of the year,[a] when kings normally go out to war, Joab led the Israelite army in successful attacks against the land of the Ammonites. In the process he laid siege to the city of Rabbah. However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem.

2 When David arrived at Rabbah, he removed the crown from the king’s head,[b] and it was placed on his own head. The crown was made of gold and set with gems, and he found that it weighed seventy-five pounds.[c] David took a vast amount of plunder from the city. 3 He also made slaves of the people of Rabbah and forced them to labor with[d] saws, iron picks, and iron axes.[e] That is how David dealt with the people of all the Ammonite towns. Then David and all the army returned to Jerusalem."

At this period in the history of Israel, they beat the Philistines every time.

4 "After this, war broke out with the Philistines at Gezer. As they fought, Sibbecai from Hushah killed Saph,[f] a descendant of the giants,[g] and so the Philistines were subdued.

5 During another battle with the Philistines, Elhanan son of Jair killed Lahmi, the brother of Goliath of Gath. The handle of Lahmi’s spear was as thick as a weaver’s beam!

6 In another battle with the Philistines at Gath, they encountered a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in all, who was also a descendant of the giants. 7 But when he defied and taunted Israel, he was killed by Jonathan, the son of David’s brother Shimea.

8 These Philistines were descendants of the giants of Gath, but David and his warriors killed them."

Military conquest lead to peace at home, stability in their life, and enormous prosperity.

David lead the greatest military in the world (at that time)

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