by Steve Jones

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David, Real Enemy (27 of 32)
Series: David - Keeping It Real
Steve Jones
II Samuel 14

Introduction: "Infantry Attacks" is a classic book on military tactics written by German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel about his experiences in World War I. In it he described his shock troop tactics, which used speed, deception and deep penetration into enemy territory to surprise and overwhelm. Throughout the book, Rommel reports assigning small numbers of men to approach enemy lines from the direction in which attack was expected. The men would yell, throw hand grenades and otherwise simulate the anticipated attack from concealment, while attack squads and larger bodies of men sneaked to the flanks and rears of the defenders to take them by surprise, very often intimidating them into surrender, avoiding unnecessary exertion, expenditures of ammunition and risk of injury. It was published in 1937 and helped to persuade Adolf Hitler to give Rommel high command. However, that book led to the defeat of Rommel in World War II when Rommel faced General George "Blood and Guts" Patton on the battlefield because Patton had read Rommel's book and knew all of his tactics. In the 1970 film "Patton", when George C. Scott is awakened by his aides with news that Rommel's attack is in progress, Scott yells, "I READ YOUR BOOK!"

If you're ever in a war knowing your enemies tactics is a tremendous advantage. Every once in a while God reminds us that we Christians are, indeed, at war and we have a dangerous enemy. This is one of those times. In II Samuel 15 David experiences a sneak attack from his own son Absalom. Absalom's tactics are a great reminder and illustration of the ways that our enemy attacks us today. We want to note our enemy's tactics and suggest a counter-strategy for victory.

II Samuel 14:25-26 "In all Israel there was not a man so highly praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the top of his head to the sole of his ...

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