Monday, January 20, 2014

King Solomon and His Trusted General’s Views of War and Peace

King Solomon’s dire prophetic statements appear to be accurate in history in regards to the outcome of war and peace as evidenced by the present state of world affairs. Here, at ground level, everything is pretty much the same generation after generation in regards to war and crime.Nothing is new under the sun. For what will the man do who is to come after the King? What men have already done.” (Ecclesiastes1:9, 2:12)
The reasons for war have varied over history. Supposedly 1723 wars were political reasons and 123 were the result of religious differences. Perhaps Generals that have personally engaged in the reality of actual warfare would make wiser political decisions to prevent war than politicians with law degrees or social and religious backgrounds. Regardless, as history has proven, until all political, religious and military leaders agree and enforce a united effort to resolve differences without engaging in warfare, the dire prophetic elements of King Solomon’s Ecclesiastes statements will continue to occur.
Compare today’s world state of affairs to what I surmised King Solomon’s General Banaias may have stated in a gathering of Solomon’s Governors 3000 years ago about his similar war experiences and his views as a peacemaker in regards to crime in the following novel excerpt.

“I have given much thought about the ideas Solomon and Adoniram have presented you.  I have spent the greatest part of my life fighting enemies, both man and beast. I have fought with David against the Philistines, and wars in the lands of Moab, Edom, Ammon, Zobah, Damascus, Hamath, and all whom conspired against David. This much I know. We are at peace now, but we will not remain so if we let our defenses become weak. Even if no army attacks us, different types of enemies will appear. We have been listening to ideas about trade. Traders will need protection from bandits to transport goods across our land.”
The gathering murmured in agreement, their attention now more visible as Banaias continued.
“I am two score years older than Solomon and we both agree that there are consequences of a peace without prosperity. Hungry people will become thieves. The strong and wicked will rob and murder the weak. The old as well as our women and children will fear to walk down a road even for water. If we ignore actions of thieves, their numbers will increase. In time they will unite to become a powerful force as they prosper by intimidating and demanding tribute from the weak and defenseless.”
Banaias continued his presentation in a forcible tone of voice.
“We will need righteous peacemakers to keep lawful order and protect both rich and poor. The peacemakers will need brave and just judges to help enforce laws to punish evil acts. If the judges are wicked and devoid of insight for justice, the peacemakers will become disheartened. Wicked men will create greater disorder by convincing the poor and needy to join with them because there is no justice for them, only justice for the wealthy.” A righteous man is concerned that the poor get justice but a wicked man is devoid of insight. (Proverb 29:7)
As Banaias continued, my thoughts began to wander about him. He had fought alongside my father to become the most renowned of the thirty valiant men who defeated an entire troop of Philistines. His size and strength were legendary. At Cabseel, he single-handedly slew two lions in the snow that had terrorized the people of Moab. He also fought a giant Egyptian warrior with only a rod he used to take away the Egyptian’s spear, which he then used to slay him. David appointed Banaias to be a part of his counsel and promoted him as General of all the armies. David identified Banaias as one I could trust.
As A Lily Among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom by Rudy U Martinka
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