- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 2 Samuel 10
King David defeated the Ammonites. Genesis 19:37-38 mentions about them. They were the descendants of Ben- Ammi, a son of Lot who was Abraham’s cousin.
There was hostile relationship between King Saul and Nahash, the king of Ammonites. When Naahsh died and his son Hanum succeeded him as king of Ammonites, King David tried to make friendly relationship with them by sending a delegation to express his sympathy to Hanun for this father’s death.
But Hanun sent back David’s delegations with humiliation. Mutilation of the beard, the symbol of a man’s honor, and forcible indecent exposure were the worst insults imaginable in those days.
The Ammonites hired mercenary soldiers with experience in fight. But they were defeated twice by Joab the commander of Israel, and David, the King of Israel who attacked the coalition before it attacked Israel. As a result, the Ammonites must face Israel alone.
The Ammonites are one of neighboring nations of Israel.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?