THE TRANSITION SERIES: BEWARE OF THE "FIELD OF SHARP KNIVES" - THE UNFORTUNATE AND UNNECESSARY CASUALTIES OF TRANSITION.

The rise of David to the throne and his ordination and coronation at Hebron was not without its unfortunate and unnecessary casualties.

THIS ALL CAME ABOUT BECAUSE OF A CLASH OF EGOS WHICH RESULTED IN AN UNNECESSARY CONTEST.

2 Samuel 2:12-16, And Abner son of Ner and the servants of Ish- bosheth son of Saul went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon. Joab son of Zeruiah and the servants of David went out also; and the two groups met by the pool of Gibeon, seating themselves with one group on either side of the pool. And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise and have a contest before us. And Joab said, Let them arise. Then there arose and went over by number—twelve of Benjamin who were with Ish- bosheth son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David. And each caught his opponent by the head and thrust his sword into his side; so they all fell together. Therefore that place was called the Field of Sharp Knives, which is at Gibeon.
THE TRANSITION SERIES: BEWARE OF THE "FIELD OF SHARP KNIVES" - THE UNFORTUNATE AND UNNECESSARY CASUALTIES OF TRANSITION.

WE DO NOT NEED THE "FIELD OF SHARP KNIVES" AS WE HEAD FOR THE HARMONIZED ELECTIONS.

Asahel should not have died had he not pursued Abner and had he listened to Abner.

2 Samuel 2:22-23, And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn aside from following me. Why should I strike you to the ground? How then should I be able to face Joab your brother? Asahel refused to turn aside; so Abner with the rear end of his spear smote him through the abdomen, and he fell and died where he fell. And all who came to the place where Asahel fell and died stood still.

THERE ARE THINGS NOT WORTH PURSUING, WORSE STILL DYING FOR - ONE SUCH IS WHEN WE ELECT ANOTHER HUMAN BEING INTO OFFICE.

THIS UNNECESSARY CONTEST COST JUDAH 20 MEN AND ISRAEL 360 MEN. THE FATE OF WHO WAS TO RULE ISRAEL HAD BEEN DECIDED MANY YEARS EARLIER - IN A SHORT WHILE EVERYONE WAS GOING TO GATHER AT HEBRON TO CROWN HIM KING!

Mephibosheth was crippled as a result of fear.

2 Samuel 4:4, Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son who was a cripple in his feet. He was five years old when the news came out of Jezreel [of the deaths] of Saul and Jonathan. And the boy’s nurse took him up and fled; and in her haste, he fell and became lame. His name was Mephibosheth.

NOONE DESERVES TO BE AFRAID OR MAIMED BECAUSE OF THE FORTHCOMING ELECTIONS.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THOSE WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY SUBMITTED THEIR NOMINATION PAPERS. THOSE WHO WILL WIN PLEASE WIN WITH HUMILITY, AND THOSE WHO WILL LOSE, PLEASE LOSE WITH GRACE.

LET US NOT HAVE UNFORTUNATE AND UNNECESSARY CASUALTIES.

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