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Rekab and Baanah were raiding captains for a king named Ish-Bosheth. Disliking their king and desiring to impress a different king, the two brothers devised an evil plan. When they had the opportunity, they slipped into the kings room and murdered Ish-Bosheth by stabbing him in the stomach while he was sleeping.

To finish the job, Rekab and Baanah decapitated their victim and immediately went to present their horrid prize to king David. They proudly stood in front of David claiming victory but the king was not pleased at all. Their punishment for killing an innocent man was death. After the brothers had been killed, their hands and feet where removed and their bodies were publicly hung by a pool. This terrifying display was to serve as a stern warning for others not to commit similar crimes.

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So David gave an order to his men, and they killed them. They cut off their hands and feet and hung the bodies by the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-Bosheth and buried it in Abner’s tomb at Hebron. – 2 Samuel 4:12
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As I’m reading through 2 Samuel, I reached this part and it really made me think: “What am I doing with my hands and feet? Am I serving the One True King with them or are they leading me to dangerous and sinful places? Am I trying to impress someone at the expense of someone else? If my hands and feet are causing me to fall, they may as well be cut off!” (Matthew 5:30) 🔪🦶🤚

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