Joab-Teaching Kids Key Life Learnings from 100 Biblical Characters: No. 49

Joab The Bible Character

What practical key life learnings can we glean from the life of Joab?

Context (2 Samuel 1 – 1 Kings 2):  Joab was a brilliant military commander for king David and a fearless fighter.  For all his great victories and skill, Joab had a fatal flaw, he cared more about himself than others. Key Life Learnings:

One flaw can negate all the other wonderful attributes of a leader (2 Samuel 18:1-17):  Even though king David’s son Absalom had rebelled against him, he asked Joab to deal gently with them in the hopes that their relationship could be restored.  When Joab found Absalom alive and caught in a tree, instead of just capturing him and  bringing him back to king David, he thrust 3 spears through Absalom’s heart.  He disregarded his king’s orders just because he was angry with Absalom for all the evil he had done.  Joab was all about Joab and didn’t care for others.

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Ask your children what gifts that God has given to them.  Ask them what temptations they have that might negate these gifts.  Pray together and ask God to use their gifts and to keep them from temptation.

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Liz Hagler is the illustrator and co-author of Hooked On The Book. Liz loves to draw silly drawings, write crazy poems, walk her dog down the block, talk to her kids on Skype, and eat taco salad.
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