I Samuel 11:1-3 1 Nahash the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh Gilead. And all the men of Jabesh said to him, “Make a treaty with us, and we will be subject to you.” 2 But Nahash the Ammonite replied, “I will make a treaty with you only on the condition that I gouge out the right eye of every one of you and so bring disgrace on all Israel.” 3 The elders of Jabesh said to him, “Give us seven days so we can send messengers throughout Israel; if no one comes to rescue us, we will surrender to you.”
Dumb Criminal Report: A teenager was arrested by the Pennsylvania police and charged with felony daytime burglary. How did they find out? Well, the victim noticed that someone had broken into her house through a bedroom window. She also happened to check her computer…which had the burglar’s Facebook account still open. Apparently, after snatching two expensive diamond rings, he had felt the irresistible need to check his status. Can you say…”un-friend”?
I really enjoy dumb criminal stories and I actually found one in the Bible today. You have this Ammonite guy named Nahash who comes to an Israeli town and says he is going to destroy it. The people there ask him to make a treaty with them, but he says that he will only spare them if they agree to have their right eyeball plucked out. What happens next is perplexing – the Israelites ask him for 7 days to rally enough people to fight him. I would expect him to say, “how ’bout I just kill you now?” Instead, he gives them the seven days. How dumb can you be!? You are going to give the Israelites a week to get an army together to fight you. Do you not know how many of them there are?
It was the ultimate dumb criminal move on his part, because God’s people rallied. It says that the Spirit of the Lord came upon Saul in power and he rallied the people to go out and completely destroy the Ammonites. I love the part where the men of Jabesh go to the Ammonites and say, “okay we will surrender tomorrow.” I think the Bible left out the part where they did everything possible to keep from snickering. Seriously, it is the ultimate set up.
What I love about this story is the fact that God’s people rallied. When one of the peeps was getting picked on, the brothers came in to rescue. They banded together and took on the bully. We should be doing the same thing for each other. We are called as the Body of Christ to rally around each other. We are called to build each other up. Unfortunately, it is often the Body that is doing the tearing down. Let’s commit today to come to each other’s rescue, to pick up a friend who has been beat down. Let’s take on these dumb criminals together and be the church Jesus has called us to be!