2 Samuel 20:17-21…16 Then a wise woman called from the city, “Hear, hear! Please tell Joab, ‘Come here that I may speak with you.’”… 19 I am of those who are peaceable and faithful in Israel. You are seeking to destroy a city, even a mother in Israel. Why would you swallow up the inheritance of the Lord?”
Joab had used the wise woman of Tekoa to send a message to David that it was time to reconcile with his son Absalom. [2 Samuel 14] Now we see another wise woman helping Joab. Joab’s troops caught up with Sheba at an ancient walled city in the far northern tribal territory A [v.15]. Joab’s army laid siege to the city and would have destroyed the wall except the wise woman negotiated with Joab, had Sheba killed and threw his head over the wall, and saved the city and its people [vv.16-22].
This is an example that women and men with the wisdom and knowledge from God’s word, the mind of Jesus and filled by the Holy Spirit can use in peace-making! B
Whatever we may think of their decision to decapitate Sheba B, this negotiation contains important lessons. Both sides negotiated in good faith; when an agreement was reached, they did as they had promised. Both looked for an outcome that would avoid unnecessary bloodshed and destruction. Both operated within a framework that was consistent with their core moral values. They looked for common ground and compromise, but they did not compromise on basic principles.
This is an example that women and men with the wisdom and knowledge from God’s word, the mind of Jesus and filled by the Holy Spirit can use in peace-making! C
Are you a peace-maker or strife-maker? Will you commit to being a peace-maker? What steps will you take to accomplish this commitment?
Notes: A- For location and information about Abel-Beth-maacah click here; apparently, it was about 100 miles north of Jerusalem; B- Warren Wiersbe said “we must keep in mind that we’re dealing with law, not grace, and Israel, not the church. The law of Moses required that an unsolved murder is atoned for by sacrifice [Deuternomy 21:1-9]”, so how much more a known insurrection leading to loss of life. For the Christian just war theory: Christian just war tradition from ERLC of SBC; C- Peace-making links here