In the course of time, the king of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun succeeded him as king. 2 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. When David’s men came to the land of the Ammonites, 3 the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think David is honoring your father by sending envoys to you to express sympathy? Hasn’t David sent them to you only to explore the city and spy it out and overthrow it?” 4 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. 5 When David was told about this, he sent messengers to meet the men, for they were greatly humiliated. The king said, “Stay at Jericho till your beards have grown, and then come back.” 6 When the Ammonites realized that they had become obnoxious to David, they hired twenty thousand Aramean foot soldiers from Beth Rehob and Zobah, as well as the king of Maakah with a thousand men, and also twelve thousand men from Tob. 7 On hearing this, David sent Joab out with the entire army of fighting men. 8 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. My Thoughts The Ammonites seem to be a vile people. This king’s father (Nahash) helped David but he is the same king who laid siege to a village and gouged out the right eye of every Israelite in the area. Despite this, David still feels like he needs to honour the Ammonite king because his father helped David at some point. The Ammonites however showed their true nature and humiliated David’s delegation in the worst possible way. To do that to David’s delegation is the same as doing it to David himself. The story ends with a battle in which the Ammonites and their hired help are well and truly defeated. My thoughts tend to focus on us doing the right thing even when we know it could end badly for us. The only person we can fully control is ourselves, so we focus on our actions and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us every step of the way. Romans 12:20… “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Every step we take as those who are free in Christ is a step in the knowledge that nothing can bind us, we are not victims in this life that respond out of fear. We are more than conquerors able to do the right thing in every situation.