Why A Woman Cut Off A Man’s Head

Brutal!  Mama’s gonna do what it takes to take care of her babies!

Last night I was reading stories of different women in the Bible and I ran across a story I hadn’t read in awhile.  It’s a story about a woman who was peace-loving (no really, she was).  And she was faithful to Israel.  She lived in a town that she loved very much and was willing to do whatever it took to protect her town.

A troublemaker named Sheba had rebelled against King David and turned some of David’s followers against him.  Sheba gathered a band of rebels and took off.  King David sent Joab and his men to take care of Sheba and end this rebellion.

Joab caught up with Sheba in a town called Abel-beth-maacah.  Joab and his men were preparing to take the town.  Destroy it if necessary to get their man.

Enter: The wise woman.

A woman in the town sees what’s about to take take place.  She sees that her town is about to be wrecked!  What does she do?

This wise woman (that’s what the Bible calls her) goes to the man in charge.  (sounds wise to me) She goes straight to Joab and says, “I am one who is peace-loving and faithful in Israel.  But you are destroying an important town in Israel.  Why do you want to devour what belongs to the Lord?”

And Joab replies, “Believe me, I don’t want to devour or destroy your town!  That’s not my purpose.  All I want is a man named Sheba… who has revolted against King David.  If you hand over this one man to me, I will leave the town in peace.”

“All right,” the woman replied, “we will throw his head over the wall to you.”

She went to the towns people and told them there was a troublemaker in town. Then she told them what she thought they ought to do.  They found Sheba, cut his head off and threw it over the wall to Joab.  City saved. (2 Samuel 20)

So what?  (you may ask)  Wasn’t that brutal?  (you may say)

No it wasn’t.  It wasn’t brutal.  It was necessary.

The Bible calls this woman wise.  She’s wise because she loved her town (in which her family was sure to live) and she did what it took to protect them.

This wise woman could see that Sheba was a troublemaker and she didn’t want him infiltrating her town anymore than she wanted Joab to destroy it looking for him.

When you see trouble creep in to your family, your business, your ministry, your own heart… you have to get rid of it.  And quick.

You can’t let trouble linger out of fear of offending someone.  You can’t let trouble stay around because you don’t want to deal with conflict.  You can’t put up with trouble and hide your head in the sand hoping it will just go away.  Because it won’t.

If you don’t take care of trouble, trouble will spread.  Your small problem will become a big problem.  Trouble multiplies.

What your fighting for is imortant to you.  What youre protecting is precious.  Don’t let trouble come and worm its way in.  Recognize it.  And do what it takes.

You’ve just go to cut it loose.

Photographer: Cpl Kryssy Lees

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