“Covering the Face of the Servants…”

October 9, 2018

“Covering the Face of the Servants…”

Blessings folk!

David was mourning and crying aloud due to Absalom’s death.
Absalom who sought to kill David.

The people heard.
The people mourned.
They should have been rejoicing in victory.

Joab had heard of the king’s state.

Watch what Joab does…

2 Sa 19:5-7

Then Joab came into the house to the king and said, “Today you have covered with shame the faces of all your servants, who today have saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters, the lives of your wives, and the lives of your concubines,

by loving those who hate you, and by hating those who love you. For you have shown today that princes and servants are nothing to you; for I know this day that if Absalom were alive and all of us were dead today, then you would be pleased.

“Now therefore arise, go out and speak kindly to your servants, for I swear by the LORD, if you do not go out, surely not a man will pass the night with you, and this will be worse for you than all the evil that has come upon you from your youth until now.”


This is a bold, “in-your-face”, chewing-out of a king.

Joab told it as it was.

David have brought shame upon the servants.

The servants had…
- saved David’s life
- saved the lives of…
- his sons
- his daughters
- his wives
- his concubines

David had loved those who hated him…Absalom.
David effectively was hating those who loved him.

Joab revealed that the people believed that they were nothing to David.

Then this zinger…if we were all dead and Absalom was alive, you would be glad…

This was bold.
This was dangerous.

Joab doubled-down.

He told David what to do.
Go out!
Speak kindly to your servants!
If you do not…I swear by the Lord…no man will be standing with you by tonight.
It will be worse than anything that has occurred to you.

Did Joab just threaten David?
Or, was he speaking the truth of the state of affairs?

Wonder what David will do…