2 Samuel 20:11 The Price Of Disloyalty

2 Samuel 20:11 (KJV)
And one of Joab’s men stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he that is for David, let him go after Joab.

Joab, I think, was loyal to David’s kingdom but not to David. He used David’s obvious blessing as a means to gain his own status and power. Never as great as David, still Joab wielded a mighty sword; one he would swing, from time to time, in opposition to David’s will.

I have often said that a person is never truly loyal unless they are loyal when they do not agree.

  • A wife to her husband
  • A soldier to his officer
  • An employee to his employer
  • A church member to his pastor

This is not to say loyalty is always compliance. Our first loyalty is always to the Lord. We must obey God rather than men, even when that man is a superior. However:

  • Loyalty would never do harm to a leader
  • Loyalty would yield unless it is impossible to do so
  • Loyalty would forever seek the good of those we are loyal to

Joab’s disloyalty to David would eventually cost his life. There is always a price for such behavior as his.


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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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