9 Now when [h]Tou king of Hamath heard that David had [i]defeated all the army of Hadadezer king of Zobah, 10 he sent [j]Hadoram his son to King David to [k]greet him and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and had [l]defeated him; for Hadadezer had been at war with Tou. And Hadoram brought all kinds of articles of gold and silver and bronze.
I have been on a reading plan to read the entire Bible in less than a year. It’s been awesome! Everyday I read around 4 chapters of the Old Testament and 1 chapter of the New Testament. I am up to 1 Chronicles and Acts. I don’t spend a lot of time “studying”. I read with a pen in my and an a cheap little NASB thin line Bible. As I read, I write a phrase or little 1 or 2 word notes in the (non-existent) margins. My goal is to just be open to new connections and insights as I go.
So as I was reading along I hit these verses.
And what immediately came to mind was the phrase, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
So I looked it up and you can read about the origins here.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_enemy_of_my_enemy_is_my_friend
Basically that saying is an ancient proverb attributed to the Arabs. Makes perfect sense that we would see a prime example of it here in the Bible.
We are a bit removed from this proverb in our modern lives as most of us don’t go around with known enemies that are trying to kill us (at least not on a personal level). But back in Bible times, enemies had names and faces and they very much were after blood. It’s hard for me to imagine all the enemies King David faced and defeated on a daily, monthly, and yearly basis, but he spent most of his life conquering one enemy after another. No wonder a lot of the Psalms were focused on pleading with God to strike down his enemies or to save him. The guy had a hard time catching his breath between wars. I can’t help but think it must have made him a little crazy. If not for his tight relationship with God, he could have been completely insane.
I look at our soldiers that come home with PTSD..and I wonder if this is a new thing or if the men back in King David’s time experienced it too? A question for another time…