Text: 1 Chronicles 18-20; Song of Solomon 2
As 1 Chronicles 19 opens, we find David sending a delegation to Hanun, king of the Ammonites to express condolences upon the death of his father. It is an act of kindness. The Ammonites are, however, suspicious. Their response is to humiliate David’s servants in a scene almost humorous:
“So Hanun took David’s servants and shaved them and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away;” (19:4)
Surprisingly, it is the Ammonites who escalate to armed warfare, and then are soundly defeated by David’s forces.
What’s to learn from this? Basically, human nature is fractured. People who do not know the Lord are lost and they act out of a sinful nature. Even when we extend a kindness, it might go badly. We should not be surprised, hurt or offended. Our sin – and theirs too – is the reason Jesus came and died. It is because of His love for them that we extend kindness to them. If we get an ugly response it is just all the more evidence that we need to pray for them, love them and continue to be kind to them.
in Him, Mike