The Enemy of My Enemy…
There is a very old expression that states, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” It is attributed to the Arabians, the Chinese, and several other ancient people groups. It is even found in the bible.
I will be an enemy to your enemies, and I will oppose those who oppose you. – Exodus 23:22b
I see this principle being put into reality between King David and King Hiram.
Then King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with carpenters and stonemasons to build him a palace. Hiram also sent many cedar logs for lumber. – 2 Samuel 5:11
It was quickly evident to King Hiram that King David had a well trained and large active fighting force. From Judah alone he was able to muster a force of nearly 400,000. Once combined with the forces of the rest of the nation he had about 1.3 million fighting men.
Since they shared a common border, and since both King Hiram and King David both had a common enemy – the Phillistines – Hiram wisely formed an alliance.
A man that has friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. – Proverbs 18:24
It is good to have friends.
Father, please help me to be a good friend to those who count themselves as my friend. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Got any common enemies? Jan