That’s exactly what happened with King David and Hanun, “It happened after this that the king of the people of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his place. Then David said, ‘I will show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me’” (2 Sam. 10:1-2). David sends a delegation to express condolences to Hanun. Instead of receiving David’s delegation for what it is, a welcoming committee meets them, half-shaves their beards, cuts their clothing off at the hips, and sends them back to David in humiliation.
David and Nahash have had a history together. Though the Bible is silent regarding the terms of their friendship, David has been a recipient of Nahash’s kindness and only wishes to express his gratitude toward Nahash’s son. Instead of a kiss on the cheek, he receives a slap in the face.
This story reveals several truths about suspicion:
Beware of entertaining suspicions about the motives of others. Acts of kindness are often just that—acts of kindness.
David’s confidence in the LORD’s anointing him as Israel’s king overflows in his interaction with Saul’s heirs. What does his treatment of Mephibosheth teach Israel about grace?
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