“While they were at the great rock at Gibeon, Amasa came to meet them. Joab was wearing his military tunic, and strapped over it at his waist was a belt with a dagger in its sheath. As he stepped forward, it dropped out of its sheath. Joab said to Amasa, ‘How are you, my brother?’ Then Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him. Amasa was not on his guard against the dagger in Joab’s hand, and Joab plunged it into his belly, and his intestines spilled out on the ground. Without being stabbed again, Amasa died. Then Joab and his brother Abishai pursued Sheba son of bicri.” (2nd Samuel 20:8-10)
Assassinations and political intrigue were very common in these times. Assassinations are wrong, no matter what the reasoning and especially done in the guise of friendship, as was the case with Amasa. He was taken completely off guard, his dagger falling out of his sheath, and it was picked up by Joab and sunk deeply into his intestines and they spilled out of his body.
This was purely a revenge killing on the part of Joab and accomplished by a skilled warrior who took his prey by the beard and inserted the dagger in a location that would assure death. Amasa fell into the road and died an awful death.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You have stated, “Revenge is mine, sayeth the Lord.” There is nothing unclear in this statement, it clearly states God will take revenge, not any of us. God believes in the possibility of second chances. It is His decision and never our town. Those who offend our family or friends are to be prayed for. There is not an exception clause whereby we are allowed to kill someone else. Only He has that right. It is in our Lord and Savior’s name, Jesus Christ we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“God allows our enemies to exist so we can learn to love them!”
“His officials conspired against him and assassinated him at Beth Millo, on the road down to Silla. The officials who murdered him were Jozabad son of Shimeath and Johozabad son of Shomer. He died and was buried with his fathers in the City of David. And Amaziah his son succeeded him as king.” (2nd Kings 12:20-21)
Here God punished evil actions through human agents. The historical action is not intended to set a theological precedent legitimating revolution, assassination and murder. Instead the anger of God was called forth by the failure to recognize Him as the one true God.
“When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of he lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. The one of the synagogue rulers, name Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, ‘My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.’ There was also a woman who had suffered 12 years bleeding, and she thought, ‘If I could just touch his clothes I will be healed.’” (Mark5:21-43)
The raising of Jairus’ daughter was Jesus’ first raising from the dead. Power over death pointed believers to see Jesus was the Son of God in flesh. Jairus had risked his reputation as a religious leader because he trusted Jesus completely. In the case of the woman who had been bleeding for so many year, she believed that if she could only touch Jesus clothes, she would be healed as well. For these two example of full faith in Jesus, he healed the little girl and the woman and they were both healed. Jesus note it was their faith that had make them healed.
Second Thought of the Day:
Love is evidence that people have been delivered from spiritual death to spiritual life. Love within the church is the best evidence members are experiencing eternal life. Those who hate their brothers are murderers like Cain. They do not possess eternal life, because one evidence of eternal life is that we love our brothers.
“This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.” (1st John3:11–15)
For the disciple murder is an attitude. It arises from gilt and envy and goes on to hatred. Harboring hatred is murder even if no physical act is committed. We avoid murderous hatred through letting Christ’s love live in us.