Today we move from Psalms back to 2 Samuel. In this chapter David defeats the Ammonites, but let’s take a closer look at the details of this defeat.
“In the course of time, the king of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun succeeded him as king. David thought, “I will show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent a delegation to express his sympathy to Hanun concerning his father.” – 2 Samuel 10:1-2
Okay, this is a nice start. Kindness in return for kindness. I wish there were more of this in the Bible. The Bible would be a much better book.
“So Hanun seized David’s envoys, shaved off half of each man’s beard, cut off their garments at the buttocks, and sent them away.” – 2 Samuel 10:4
Maybe not the kindest move on the part of Hanun. If David’s people were truly there as an act of kindness, capturing them, shaving their beards, and taking off their pants is not really the best move. I do find it funny, however, that the Bible has a story in which one army takes off the pants of the other army. LOL! Then again, the Bible also has a story of one man, David, single handedly working his way through a battle field chopping off dick tips. Yes, that is seriously in the Bible!
“On hearing this, David sent Joab out with the entire army of fighting men. The Ammonites came out and drew up in battle formation at the entrance of their city gate, while the Arameans of Zobah and Rehob and the men of Tob and Maakah were by themselves in the open country.” – 2 Samuel 10:7-8
Should Hanun’s people have taken off the pants of David’s people? Clearly no. Is it appropriate that both sides build armies because of this? Hell no! What message does this send to the reader? Handle disputes with war? Again, not a book of morals.
“Then Joab and the troops with him advanced to fight the Arameans, and they fled before him.” – 2 Samuel 10:13
Yep, an actual battle with killing takes place because of pants being taken off. Sigh.
“But they fled before Israel, and David killed seven hundred of their charioteers and forty thousand of their foot soldiers. He also struck down Shobak the commander of their army, and he died there. When all the kings who were vassals of Hadadezer saw that they had been routed by Israel, they made peace with the Israelites and became subject to them.” – 2 Samuel 10:18-19
OMFG!?!?! Forty thousand plus people died in these battles!!! And for what reason? Because David’s people had their pants taken off. Think about this for a bit. Yes, taking off their pants was wrong. It was demoralizing to David’s people, but starting a war and killing them as revenge? That’s WAY over the top. There are so many other choices that should have been made. Forgive them? Okay, maybe you want a bit of revenge, so go and take off their pants in retaliation, but murder them? Again, this is NOT a book of morals.
Wow…what a chapter! It can be summed up as a chapter in which one army had their pants taken off and the other army retaliated by killing the first army. Wow!
Coming Soon: 1 Chronicles – Chapter 19: David Defeats the Ammonites