David and Joab Conquer Rabbah
Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 12:26-31. Joab had been trying to conquer Rabbah for a year while David was dealing with his sin. Joab finally conquered Rabbah, the capital city of the Ammonites, which is located east of the Jordan River.
Joab sent messengers to tell David that he had overtaken the royal city of Rabbah, which was also called the city of waters since it was located along the Jordan. He sent word for David to come and bring the rest of the people to help secure the city, or the city would be named after him.
David gathered his troops and went to Rabbah. They helped Joab and were able to overtake the city. David took their king’s crown from his head. The crown weighed a talent of gold and was adorned with precious stones. The crown was placed on David’s head instead of the king of Rabbah.
They obtained much treasure from Rabbah. He captured the people and put them to work for him as he did with all the cities of the children of Ammon.
David repented to God for his sin and God allowed him to be victorious again. He had suffered the consequences of his sin. Even though we sin and come short of the glory of God we still can be used by God. We can be victorious again. It would be better if we didn’t sin and turn away from God, but when we repent and turn back to God, He can bless us again.
Daily Bible Reading:
2 Samuel 12:26-31
26 And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and took the royal city.
27 And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought against Rabbah, and have taken the city of waters.
28 Now therefore gather the rest of the people together, and encamp against the city, and take it: lest I take the city, and it be called after my name.
29 And David gathered all the people together, and went to Rabbah, and fought against it, and took it.
30 And he took their king’s crown from off his head, the weight whereof was a talent of gold with the precious stones: and it was set on David’s head. And he brought forth the spoil of the city in great abundance.
31 And he brought forth the people that were therein, and put them under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and made them pass through the brickkiln: and thus did he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. So David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem.
Things to think about:
- Who led the conquer of Rabbah?
- Why did Joab send for David?
- What was David’s response to Joab’s request?
- How do we know they were victorious in this battle?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see that You allowed David to be victorious again against the enemies of Israel. Help us to realize that we can be forgiven and return to Your favor. Help us not to let our sins and mistakes keep us from serving You. If we have fallen into sin, help us to repent and turn back to You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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