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I just noticed a similarity of how David handled his enemies, those who came against him outside of a relationship with him and those David knew. I have been observing how if David knew the people who challenged him, he showed tremendous mercy and delayed judgment, if they had judgment at all. Yet, for those He knew not, judgment was usually swift. It just occurred to me that David, being a type of Christ, is doing what is afforded those who either have or don’t have a relationship with Christ. Whether or not we experience judgment with no mercy is based on our relationship with Christ. Of all the sins that we can commit, the one that is surly fatal, is our non-acceptance of Jesus Christ’s salvation.

I am not sure if even that can be or really is God judging us, as much as our seeing what God has to offer and rejecting that gift. Doing that puts the one who has rejected that gift on the judgment seat by their own volition. God does not send them to their death they take themselves. Hmmm! Must do some rethinking.

Ramona

If I may comment further from the point of view of Joab. He has loyally stood by David, just defended David from the rebellion, led the army to defeat the rebellion, made a decisive decision to end the rebellion, and then given David sound advice to strengthen his army, etc. And now David has just given his job to Amasa the rebellion's commander?!!! It seems to me, Joab's response is a very human. How many of us have been loyal and done our best for our boss at work, or for our spouse in marriage, only to be replaced by someone else? Often we take our anger out on the replacement...
Instead of murder, what would be the better response?

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