Nahash the Ammonite. Not the nicest fella, nor the smartest.
First he besieged Jabesh-gilead. When the occupants pleaded, he said they could be his servants, but he’d first have to gouge out one of each of their eyes.
Then, they asked for 7 days to muster help.
Um…let me see if I get this right. Nahash agreed to wait a week while the citizens of Jabesh-giliead had the chance to gather an army?
Very interesting. Perhaps Nahash felt the Jews were weak and that no one would come to their rescue. Perhaps because the people had no “king” they had the reputation of being weak.
Oh, Israel, if you only understood the power of God on your side.
Story turns out good for Israel. Saul gets involved, persuades all his Jewish buddies to fight and they slaughtered the Ammonites. Now, the people recognized Saul ask king.
And so it begins…