“And it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his stead. Then said David, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father shewed kindness unto me. And David sent to comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And David’s servants came into the land of the children of Ammon. And the princes of the children of Ammon said unto Hanun their lord, Thinkest thou that David doth honor thy father, that he hath sent comforters unto thee? hath not David rather sent his servants unto thee, to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it? Wherefore Hanun took David’s servants, and shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away.” 2 Samuel 10:1-4
The heart of King David was to be kind to the son of Nahash, whose father had harbored David as David was in flight from King Saul. There was to be a return of the kindness shown in those days, to help comfort Hanun for the loss his father. Kind David was being sincere and showing the heart that was after the Lord’s in his charitable actions. He had just brought Mephibosheth to his own table, honoring the bond he had made with Jonathan prior to becoming King. King David was reaching out, much like the Lord reached out to us.
You see, from the very day that man fell in the original, Adam, God announced the Plan of Redemption through the Blood when He spoke it to Eve. He knew what we would all do in our lives working against Him, becoming His enemies, each and every one of us. Yet, in His infinite Love, He reached out to each and every one of His chosen people over and over again through the ages, until the day came that Jesus stepped down and fulfilled the letter of the Law of Moses. Then, God, Who continues to reach out via the operation of the Holy Spirit, began to send us.
As we accept the Truth, the Holy Spirit enters into us and we become His home, His temples. No sooner does this happen, and He instills within us the desire to speak of our new life to any and all we encounter. We run to each person who is already a part of our lives, friends and family, co-workers, softball teammates, old drinking buddies, high school acquaintances, and so on and so forth. But the vast majority do not want to hear the Truth. They think that what we have is great for us, but not for them. They don’t need Christ in their own minds. Many treat us in much the same way as the princes of the children of Ammon. They are suspicious, thinking that somehow we are emissaries for a church that just wants their money, and they think we are weak or gullible in giving ours. They choose to watch our every move, in denial that God has come into us, looking for weakness and mistakes, not understanding Grace and the Sin Nature.
But, praise God!
We are the priests He has chosen to send, the anointed of the Lord. If they touch us harmfully, even in our spirit, God will take vengeance for us. As we return to Him, in prayer, He comforts us, just as David did when he told them to go and let their beards grow back and rest, just like Jesus did the apostles, when He told them to shake the dust off their sandals and keep going. We have the hand of God upon us as we tell others about Jesus. The Holy Spirit convicts and divides, but we stand fast, and hold onto our joy of The Lord. And, if need be, like David smote the Ammorites, God will avenge us.
Praise God! We are His. So, no matter the repercussions, continue to speak the Truth, brothers and sister, and share the gospel of peace, with the heart of David, in the Love of God. God bless us all and keep us as we go forth.