The Message of Christmas

This Christmas post starts with a very un-Christmas-y story, but stick with me for a minute, and we’ll get there. 2 Samuel 18 relates a little-known story that I find interesting.  The context is a war in which King David gives orders to Joab, the commander of his army, not to kill his traitorous son, Absalom.  Joab disobeys and kills him anyway.  Ahimaaz, a minor character but the son of a priest, is a messenger.  (Since they didn’t have texting or twitter or Facebook on their cell phones back then, messengers carried news around, to, and from, battlefields.)  The story plays out like this: 19 Then Zadok’s son Ahimaaz said, “Let me run to the king with the good news that the Lord has…