Don't Judge a Book by It's Cover by James Merritt

Don't Judge a Book by It's Cover
James Merritt
1 Kings 2:5-6


1. I want to tell you the story of an Old Testament character by the name of Joab. Joab spent his entire life as the Commander in Chief of the armies of the Nation of Israel. He was David's handpicked general.

2. David was God's anointed king over Israel and, as you know, he was a type and a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is also God's anointed king. Joab served David all of his life only to be slain, at the command of David, at the end of his life.

3. Now Joab's downfall can be attributed to one simple truth. He had loyalty to David, but he did not have real love for David. No one would have questioned his loyalty. It's a tremendous story to see how he even became David's general to begin with.

4. ''And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke to David, saying, 'You shall not come in here; but the blind and the lame will repel you,' thinking, 'David cannot come in here.''' ''Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David). Now David said on that day, Whoever climbs up by way of the water shaft and defeats the Jebusites (the lame and the blind, who are hated by David's soul), he shall be chief and captain.' Therefore they say, 'The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.' So David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the City of David. Then David built all around from the Millo and inward. So David went on and became great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him.'' (II Samuel 5:6-10) Through a tremendous act of courage and bravery, Joab became the Commander in Chief. The City of Jerusalem at one time was a Jebusite city. David knew it was God's anointed city, and God's appointed city, to be the capitol over the Nation of Israel, and David wanted that city.

5. Now it was a very difficult city to take. Jerusalem is actually located on several mountains. They had built walls around the city and it was so difficult to take that they even bragged that their blind and lame could defend the city. David had promised that whoever would climb up a water drain to face that city, and to take that city, would be his chosen general.

6. Well without even a moment's hesitation, and no equivocation, Absalom led the charge. ''Now David said, 'Whoever attacks the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain.' And Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, and became chief.'' (I Chron. 11:6)

7. Joab instantaneously became a man renowned for his bravery and his courage. Everyone knew of his loyalty to David. He would fight for the king at the drop of a hat. He defeated the Jebusites, the Ammonites, and the Edomites. He was David's right hand man. Well, then how in the world could it come to this, where David's last decree, on his deathbed, was to see to it that Joab was slain? David as much as said, ''Hunt him down like the dog he is.'' Now to understand how this came ...

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