Three Darts And Ten Young Men

‭2 Samuel 18:14-15 KJV‬ [14] Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak. [15] And ten young men that bare Joab’s armour compassed about and smote Absalom, and slew him.

It took three darts and ten young men to disobey the King. Joab was very selfish and inconsiderate captain. The words of his King meant little to what his passion demanded. Merriam Webster describes “passion” as a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement either for something or about doing something. Robert Vallerand et all, in PubMed describe a bit more on what happens with the two types of passion within us. ” Two types of passion are proposed: obsessive and harmonious. Obsessive passion (OP) refers to a controlled internalization of an activity in one’s identity that creates an internal pressure to engage in the activity that the person likes. Harmonious passion (HP) refers to an autonomous internalization that leads individuals to choose to engage in the activity that they like. HP promotes healthy adaptation whereas OP thwarts it by causing negative affect and rigid persistence”. That is not from the Bible. Its a medical journal. Maturity involves the willingness to grow from an obsessive passion to a harmonious passion. It was okay to be a passionate soldier, but it had to be within bounds, subject to the king. Vallerand concludes: ” HP promotes healthy adaptation whereas OP thwarts it by causing negative affect and rigid persistence”. There was a serious flaw in Joab’s character. He was bent to himself alone. So, he disobeyed the king. How is your passion? What would you do if someone wasn’t watching? What would King Jesus have you do?

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