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. So the Arameans were afraid to help the Ammonites anymore. (2 Samuel 10:19 NIV)
A remarkable character trait of David is his honour. Whether for Saul, Jonathan or Abner, he has a way of seeing the good in them and showing due honour both in life and posthumously. That honour even extends to people beyond Israel. That sense of honour underpins the start of the tenth chapter of 2 Samuel. Nahash the Ammonite had been good to David, as had been his tendency, he was going to be good to his son on the occasion of his passing away. This should have been a straightforward affair of receiving honour and condolences.
It’s a shame that Nahash’s son took on some bad advice from his military leaders and committed a gross act of disrespect. The same sense of honour kicked in again to support his delegates who had been so abused, especially when the Ammonites took the initiative to get some outside help from the Arameans, Maakah and Tob in getting ready to rumble. David was able to see victory on this round through his military leaders depending on God and being smart in routing the opposition.
It’s a shame that the Arameans didn’t take the hint from the first thrashing and incited a confrontation that involved David himself getting the whole army involved and ready to do battle. The Arameans duly received another thrashing that left them in such a state of defeat they finally took the hint not to oppose the Lord’s anointed and neither collaborate with those who oppose them.
It would be a shame if we likewise did not take the hint and be very careful who we choose to take on. As it would be a shame if others made the mistake of opposing us who are about the business of reflecting honourable approaches to people in the light of the goodness of God in our lives.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden