2 Samuel 10
Hanun had just become the king of the Ammonites. His Father, Nahash, had shown some form of kindness to King David. When Nahash died, David sent a group of his men to express King David’s sorrow for his loss in recognition of Nahash’s kindness. However, Hanun decided to listen to some bad advisors who told him that the men were really there as spies. Hanun shaved off half their beard (to a Jewish man his beard was a great sign of honor) and cut off their clothes to show their behinds!! The men were greatly embarrassed!! When they went home to King David, he treated them kindly but was furious with Hanun! David sent out Joab, who was the leader of his army, and Abishai, Joab’s brother, to defeat Hanun and his allies the Syrians. Joab was successful!!
Hanun made a foolish choice! David offered him friendship in honor of his father. But Hanun chose to listen to unwise friends and, rather than gaining an ally, he suffered a great defeat. We need to be careful which people we choose to listen to!
Make a list of people that are wise choices for advice. Make a list of
people you should think twice about listening to and why. (For example: friends may be too inexperienced to make good choices)
If you also read the devotion about Mephibosheth, compare the results of Mephibosheth’s response to David’s kindness and Hanun’s!