Race of the Messengers
2 Samuel 18:19-23
Verse 19 Now Ahimaaz son of Zadok said, “Let me run and take the news to the king that the Lord has vindicated him by delivering him from the hand of his enemies.”
With the deed of killing the prince done it was now time to get word to the king that his son was dead. Ahimaaz, is one of the young priests who hid in the well when trying to get to David to tell him about Absalom’s plans to come after the king. He was apparently with or near Joab and his men during the battle and is now willing to go to the king with the information that he is once again safe.
Either he wasn’t there when the command to be gentle to Absalom was given or he wasn’t concerned with how the king was going to take the information. The young man asks Joab if he can carry the message to David. Joab knew he had disobeyed the king’s order to protect his son and whether it was a moment of conscience or fear the king would kill the messenger of such news, Joab tells Ahimaaz he isn’t going to allow him to go to David with the message.
Joab calls a servant from Cush over and gives him the message to deliver to the king. The servant doesn’t question the assignment and with a quick bow he is on his way to Mahanaim to see the king. For whatever reason Ahimaaz still wants to go to the king and give him information, so he once again asks Joab to let him go to the king and tell him.
Joab can’t believe this young priest is still wanting to go to the king. The commander of the king’s army points out there will be no rewards for bringing bad news to David. Bringing bad news is never going to bring high gratitude, in fact, Joab knew it may do the very opposite. There was a good chance whoever delivered the message of Absalom’s death could find themselves meeting their own demise.
Ahimaaz said he didn’t care what would happen to him and Joab finally gave in and told him he could go. Ahimaaz had a plan to get to the king first and ran an alternate route which actually helped him achieve his goal. That wouldn’t have been an easy feat considering what we know about the forest region they were in. The young priest had a goal and nothing was going to stand in his way.
Making It Personal
To what lengths are you willing to go to pass on bad news? To what lengths will you go to pass on the Good News? Who needs you to be willing to share the Gospel today?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you prefer to pass on good news or bad news? What is the best news you could pass on? Do you share the news of Jesus’ death and resurrection with those you meet?
Father, thank You giving us Good News to share with the world. Give us wisdom and the words to answer the questions which may come when we tell others about You and Your incredible gift. In Jesus’ name, amen.