Sheba’s Revolt against David

2 Sam 20: 1- 26

The sword would not depart from David, as another trouble came again. This time, it was Sheba son of Bichri, the Benjaminite, who called on the people of Israel to have no part in David and that everyone should return unto his tent. So the people of Israel departed from behind David apart from the men of Judah.

David then had to organize his men through Amasa, whom he gave orders to pursue after Sheba. Amasa however delayed and David had to make use of Abishai, who he told to pursue Sheba less he gets to the fenced cities and fortify himself. However when Abishai and Joab proceeded, Amasa went ahead of them. As fate would however have it, Amasa met his death in the hands of Joab, when his sword drop unknowingly. Joab pretended he wanted to kiss him but smote him in the fifth rib and he died there.

So the people went ahead with Joab in command until they got to Abel of Bethmaachah, where Joab gathered his men to batter the wall of the city and bring it down. A wise old woman however called out to Joab and spoke with him asking him why he wanted to destroy the inheritance of the Lord. Joab said he was only interested in having Sheba who revolted against David. So, the old women promised him the head of Sheba. Using her wisdom and resources the old woman was able to return with the head of Sheba and flung it to Joab, who blew a trumpet and called off his men. So Joab returned to Israel and continued as the captain of David’s army.

The most notable part of the passage was the wisdom with which the old woman was able to avert more trouble in the land. God wants us to dwell in peace, and this woman used her wisdom in the right way to prevent death of the innocents. David escaped trouble again, but what lies ahead?

Some verses to remember

vs 1-2: And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel. So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.

vs 22 Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.


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