2 Samuel 19:41-20:26
King David returned to Jerusalem and his palace to reestablish himself as king, but not everyone was supportive. A man named Sheba from the tribe of Benjamin basically said David wasn’t their king and many of the Israelites followed him, except for the tribe of Judah.
David sent his army to squash this rebellion and Joab led the men to trap Sheba in the town of Beth Maachah. A wise woman came out and spoke to Joab and offered to have Sheba killed if he would spare the city. Joab had no desire to destroy the city, he only wanted to end the rebellion, so he agreed. Returning to the city, the wise woman convinced them to kill Sheba and turn him over to Joab. They did and Joab ended the siege and returned to Jerusalem.
David reorganized his government and began ruling again. But what can we learn from this situation? There are many ways to solve a problem! Joab and David thought they would have to fight a war to end the rebellion. However the wise woman presented another option. We need to step back and find the best way to solve a problem not just the obvious one!
Act out the wise woman talking to Joab. How do you think she felt? How do you think Joab felt?