The Judas of the Old Testament
1 Kings 2:5
Now I want you to take your Bible tonight and turn to I Kings chapter 2. We are going to talk now on this subject, ''the Judas of the Old Testament.'' The Judas of the Old Testament. First Kings, chapter 2 and we begin reading in verse 5. Now David is coming to the end of his reign, and we're going to skip way ahead therefore in our study in the life of David. And talk about something that happened right at the end of his reign as he is getting ready to turn things over to his son Solomon. And then we're going to go backward in the scripture and bring us back up to the point where we started tonight.
Now David is speaking to Solomon his son, and he says in verse 5, ''Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet.'' And now notice the command. ''Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head,'' that is his white head, his aged head, ''go down to the grave in peace.'' David pronounced judgment upon Joab. Joab was the Judas of the Old Testament, and he was an unusual man. He was a remarkable man because outwardly he seemed to love David. Outwardly he seemed to be loyal to David; outwardly he served David. But when it came to the very end, he ended up under the judgment and the wrath of David. He spent all of his life serving David, yet he truly never loved David; and ultimately he was judged by David.
Now this man Joab was a very formidable man. He was outstanding man; he was a man among men. And Joab would have gone to the top in any profession, anywhere, in any place. That's the kind of a man he was. If you ever wanted to have a man on your side, you would have wanted Joab to be your side. ...
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