Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 12.26-31

2 Samuel 12.26-31
Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon and captured the royal city. 27 Joab sent messengers to David and said, “I have fought against Rabbah, I have even captured the city of waters. 28 Now therefore, gather the rest of the people together and camp against the city and capture it, or I will capture the city myself and it will be named after me.” 29 So David gathered all the people and went to Rabbah, fought against it and captured it. 30 Then he took the crown of their king from his head; and its weight was a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone; and it was placed on David’s head. And he brought out the spoil of the city in great amounts. 31 He also brought out the people who were in it, and set them under saws, sharp iron instruments, and iron axes, and made them pass through the brickkiln. And thus he did to all the cities of the sons of Ammon. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.

Today we read about the end of the war with Ammon.  Looking back, we saw David stay home from war and sent Joab to lead the army against the Ammonites.  The army had been attacking the royal fortress  city of Rabbah. After capturing the royal fortress Joab does a curious thing, he sends a messenger to tell David; urging David to come and capture the city himself or everyone will remember that Joab captured the city. So, David called the rest of the army together and attacked Rabbah and captured the city.  David then took the crown from the statue of their god Milcom. This crown was made of seventy-five pounds of gold, and there was a valuable jewel on it. David put the jewel on his own crown. He also carried off everything else of value. David made the people of Rabbah tear down the city walls with iron picks and axes, and then he put them to work making bricks. He did the same thing with all the other Ammonite cities. David then went back to Jerusalem, and the people of Israel returned to their homes.

Today, our prayer is that we may follow the example of Joab by thinking and putting others in front of ourselves. Practicing what Christ instructed, loving God and others.

Weekly Memory Verse: You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.  James 5:8