Today's passage is 2 Samuel 20:14-26. Let's go!
2 Samuel 20:15-16 (NIV)
15 All the troops with Joab came and besieged Sheba in Abel Beth Maacah. They built a siege ramp up to the city, and it stood against the outer fortifications. While they were battering the wall to bring it down,
16 a wise woman called from the city, "Listen! Listen! Tell Joab to come here so I can speak to him."
On verses 14-22: Being chased by David's army, Sheba hides in the city of Abel Beth Maakah (v14). David's army starts a siege against the city of Abel Beth Maakah. They build a siege ramp and use a battering ram to try to knock down the city wall (v15). A wise woman from Abel Beth Maakah calls out to Joab, leader of David's army, and questions him on why they are trying to destroy their peaceful city (v16-19). The wise woman and Joab agree that Joab's troops will withdraw from the city if the people of Abel Beth Maakah will hand Sheba over to them (v20-21). The people of Abel Beth Maakah then execute Sheba, cut off his head and hand it to Joab, who commands the troops to leave the city alone (v22).
What can we learn from this? I love how this wise woman from Abel Beth Maakah did not panic when her city was under siege. Instead, she wisely, courageously and diplomatically spoke with Joab and found a solution that satisfied both Joab's troops and her people. Just as God used a wise woman to save her city, God used His Son Jesus Christ to speak on our behalf and to save us when we were besieged by the enemy. Because of Jesus, like David, we can say "Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident." (Psalm 27:3)
So if you are besieged today by problems, sorrow, uncertainties, or challenges that seem much greater than you, remember that there is one who speaks on your behalf and who will be sure to keep you safe. His name is Jesus.
2 Samuel 20:23-25 (NIV)
23 Joab was over Israel's entire army; Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the Kerethites and Pelethites;
24 Adoniram was in charge of forced labor; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was recorder;
25 Sheva was secretary; Zadok and Abiathar were priests;
On verses 23-25: These verses list some of the key leaders during the latter part of David's reign as king. When you compare this list to an earlier list from the early part of David's reign (2 Samuel 8:16-18), you will notice that some of the same individuals appear in power while others, such as Ira the Jairite (v26), Adoniram (v24) and and Secretary Sheva (v25), are new. It goes to show that every kingdom or organization can use older, experienced leaders and new, passionate leaders to help the team move forward.
Heavenly Father, thank You that just as Abel Beth Maakah had a wise woman to speak on its behalf and defend the city, I have someone even wiser and greater in my corner -- Jesus the Son of David -- who speaks on my behalf to defend me. Because Jesus is with me, though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear and though war break out against me even then I will be confident. In Jesus' name, AMEN!