I think I might just start building my muscles because I have a blow reserved for Joab and his brother, Abishai, if I ever meet them. Those guys are something else! Even though the sons of Zeruiah were family to king David, they always were at the fore-front of most mischief.

He provably infected Abishai.

But I must say, Commander Joab was a phenomenal figure- I must give it to him. He was a calculated assasin! A real Sharpshooter.

In the return of Absalom, in the census that was not meant to be, in the administration of military men, sure, he gave some counsels to David which were precise and beneficial, and schemed for the good of the king. But it seemed he had two evils to sandwich each good he did.

So ambitious. So insecure. So unforgiving and revengeful.

He was a constant pain in the neck to David. He flouted the King’s command multiple times. He avenged at will. He assassinated men that didn’t need to die and executed anyone that stood in his way of retaining full command over the army of Israel.

I think he got more #blood on his hands than David.

But for all his scheming, he wasn’t even mentioned in the hall of fame of David’s mighty men. Little wonder David charged Solomon to kill him!

Well, I have no conclusive judgement for him. I’m just awed. This is one of the fascinating figures in the bible.

I hereby officially nominate Joab into the biblical hall-of-fame of “Daredevils” and “Bad boys.”




Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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