“He said, ‘If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the sons of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will come to help you. Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the LORD do what is good in His sight.’” (10:11-12)
Never underestimate the power of unity, camaraderie, and self sacrifice. Laying down our lives and rights for our fellow man is the kingdom of God on earth.
It could seem easy enough that Joab would absolutely have his brothers back, but as we will find soon enough, family dynamics are tricky and fragile when we let in sin and selfishness.
It’s easy to be individualistic in the US, because that is our culture: independence. We lose a lot when we favor our own rights over each other’s.
How can we foster unity, camaraderie and self sacrifice in our daily lives? How can we truly love our neighbors as ourselves?
David chose to honor the son of Jonathan because of their deep affection for each other. The kings-of-that-time rule book would have killed everyone in Sauls line for sure, but instead David shows great care and honor. That came from a place of true love, and he called it “the kindness of God”.
Who can we show that kindness to today?