KILLING THE MESSENGER
*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*KILLING THE MESSENGER.*
2 Sam 11:14-15, 17 *And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.*
*And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.*
*".....and Uriah the Hittite died....*
*Insight and Highlight.*
David took Uriah for a fool, and he chopped his own feet and drank violence.
David-Uriah's story is a sad one.
It teaches us many things, but we will mention two.
First, David abused trust. Uriah trusted David and would not expect David to plan such a sinister plot against him.
By David's action, he had taken Uriah for a fool. He may or may not have thought of Prov 26:6, which says, *"He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.*
David took Uriah for granted, thereby taking him for a fool. David would reap the punishment of *chopping off his own foot..."*... and he eventually drank violence (Prov 26:6 NKJV) (see God's judgment on David in 2 Sam 12:10).
Second, David's deception was crafted in a way to foster Uriah's ignorance by the letter he sent through Uriah to Joab.
Uriah did not check the letter sent through him to Joab because of the respect he had for the monarch.
Uriah's ignorance was strength to David.
David-Uriah's story teaches us that there are times when our ignorance is induced by others to their advantages. David induced Uriah's ignorance because he knew Uriah would not want to find out what was in the letter.
To such people as momentarily cruel as David was, anybody's ignorance would be their strength.
Such people like David in government, love to keep people in ignorance of what is happening to them so that their government could do what they like without the people questioning their power or why they have made such decisions.
Rather than kill the message, Joab killed the messenger, ref 2 Sam 11:14-17, all in the name of obedience to an unlawful order.
You will not die before your time, in Jesus name
There are people who play on you and take you for granted. They take you for a fool as David took Uriah.
*Call to Word action.*
Matthew 26:41 *Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.*
*The Christian clarion duty.*
It may be difficult to assert how Uriah would want to doubt David, but there is a recipe for success in life. This is thinking positively ahead and purging ourselves of negative people.
I will not die before my time. in Jesus name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.