TOO HARSH? Joab, the leader of David's army had fallen out of favor with the king after killing his son Absalom, whom David loved in spite of his son's best efforts to kill him. At this point, David replaced Joab with Amasa as captain over his armies. Amasa had served as the captain of Absalom's armies, but he still had more integrity that Joab. Joab, always seemed to need a justification for his violent methods and so when Amasa delayed fulfilling David's orders to assemble the men of Judah within three days and then to present himself before the king pursued after Amasa and slew him. But the manner of his destroying him was under the subtle guise of sincere affection:
"And Joab said to Amasa, [Art] thou in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him. But Amasa took no heed to the sword that [was] in Joabâ€™s hand: so he smote him therewith in the fifth [rib], and shed out his bowels to the ground, and struck him not again; and he died..." 2 Samuel 20:9-10
When a life is about to be taken by craft, I don't think it too harsh to speak boldly and say, "Hey! That guys got a knife in his hand!"
Thank God for those few who, like Pastor Ralph Ovadal, are willing to speak out against this evil union. This is not a time to be passive...