Vs. 1, “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, Joab led out the armed forces. He laid waste the land of the Ammonites and went to Rabbah and besieged it, but David remained in Jerusalem. Joab attacked Rabbah and left it in ruins.” The chronicler doesn’t have to mention that David stayed home in Jerusalem and fell into temptation with Bathsheba for it was already recorded (II Samuel 11-12). The original audience is given a synopsis of what has already happened. In the latter half of our short chapter (vs. 4-8), we are reminded of the arch rival; the Philistines. The Philistines were a constant thorn in Israel’s side and many mighty battles had been fought between the two. We are reminded of three of the great battles that had already been recorded earlier (II Samuel 21).
Regarding application…Every Victory Counts. Vs. 8, “These were descendants of Rapha in Gath, and they fell at the hands of David and his men.” While most people are familiar with the battle between David and Goliath, we tend to forget there were other amazing victories. Though one enemy is defeated, another one will come. We must not rest in our past victories, but be ready to take on the next battle. Like any sports franchise, they will celebrate a national championship but will already be looking forward to repeating for the following year. Every win counts. That what was the mentality of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls when they went 72-10. Let us appreciate and remember the victories of our own church and individual members! While I try to be good loser when defeat comes, I would rather win! Let us strive to be victorious and claim victory in Christ!