Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The First Book of Samuel
Ammon in the Bible Truth
Ammon Bible Saga
Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is
our Ammon Bible study on the story of Ammon in the Bible and how it
affects your be-YOU-tiful Christian walk.
Ammon in the Bible Truth
Ammon Bible Saga
Always a pleasure to have you here to share our Daily Bread together.
Well, we're about half way through our study of the book of 1 Samuel,
and Saul has just been announced king of Israel.
The first thing that Saul had to deal with was war with the
Ammonites. Let's do a little refreshing before we continue ahead with
our study ... Who are the Ammonites? They were the children of Ammon,
who was the son of Lot. If you would like to review the story of
their origin, you will find it in Genesis,
Do you remember any significant events involving the children of
Ammon? How about when Moses was leading the children of Israel to the
Ammon in the Bible Study
Ammon Bible War
26 And I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Kedemoth
unto Sihon king of Heshbon with words of peace, saying,
27 Let me pass through thy land: I will go along by the
high way, I will neither turn unto the right hand nor to the left.
28 Thou shalt sell me meat for money, that I may eat; and
give me water for money, that I may drink: only I will pass through
on my feet;
29 (As the children of Esau which dwell in Seir, and the
Moabites which dwell in Ar, did unto me;) until I shall pass over
Jordan into the land which the Lord our God giveth us.
30 But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him:
for the Lord thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart
obstinate, that he might deliver him into thy hand, as appeareth this
Where is Ammon? It is the land that lies on the east side of the
Jordan River. We also know this about this particular region:
20 (That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt
therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims;
21 A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but
the Lord destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and
dwelt in their stead:
Ammon in the Bible Discussion
Ammon Bible Message
In addition, Israel was commanded not to meddle with the Ammonites,
way back in Moses' day:
And when thou comest nigh over against the children of Ammon, distress
them not, nor meddle with them: for I will not give thee of the land of
the children of Ammon any possession; because I have given it unto the
children of Lot for a possession.
Only unto the land of the children of Ammon thou camest not, nor unto any
place of the river Jabbok, nor unto the cities in the mountains, nor unto
whatsoever the LORD our God forbade us.
And the Ammonites were forbidden to enter the congregation of the
Lord because they weren't hospitable to God's people when they were
on their way to the Promised Land from Egypt.
Ammon in the Bible Explanation
Battle With Ammon Bible Tale
3 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the
congregation of the Lord; even to their tenth generation shall they
not enter into the congregation of the Lord for ever:
4 Because they met you not with bread and with water in
the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired
against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to
Now that we've got a refreshed memory about the children of Ammon ...
On with the story. The Ammonites, who were led by a king named
Nahash, planned an attack against Jabesh-Gilead. And what do you
remember about Jebesh-Gilead? Well, remember when the tribe of
Benjamin had no wives ... Back when the children of Israel destroyed
all but 600 men of the tribe because of the woman who was killed by
the men of Gibeah (and her husband cut her into 12 pieces and sent
one to each tribe of Israel).
You may remember that while Israel was repenting about the ordeal,
they made an oath that whoever didn't come to Mizpeh to participate
in making peace offerings would be put to death, and none from
Jabesh-Gilead attended, so they were all destroyed except for 400
chaste women whom they gave to the Benjamites to marry.
Ammon in the Bible Concern
Ammon Bible Strategy
So, now that we're familiar with who's who, let's continue, shall we?
The men of Jabesh-Gilead said to the king of Ammon, Make a deal with
us, and we'll serve you. Nahash answered, I'll make a deal with you
if I may pluck out all your right eyes.
Why? Well, aside from just being plain cruel, it was a strategy. A
soldier carried his shield in his left hand so that he could fight
with his right hand. (Of which most were predominantly right handed.)
And with only the left eye functioning, it was interfered with by the
shield, therefore rendering the soldier practically helpless.
The elders of Jabesh said to him, Give us seven days to prepare and
then if there is no one to help us, we'll come out to fight with you.
They sent messengers to Gibeah (where Saul lived) and explained their
dilemma, and all the people cried bitterly. When Saul heard the
report of all this, the Spirit of God came upon him and he was filled
with anger. He took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces, sending
them throughout all Israel with the message that whoever didn't come
and follow Saul and Samuel, the same would be done to their oxen.
Ammon in the Bible Summary
Ammon Bible Conclusion
As you can imagine, the fear of the Lord inspired them all to come
out without hesitation. Under Saul's command, they defeated Nahash
and the Ammonites victoriously. The people then suggested that those
who questioned Saul's ability to lead the children of Israel, be put
to death, but Saul refused and gave the Lord glory for saving Israel
So Samuel called all the people together, and a second time
pronounced Saul king before the Lord in Gilgal, with sacrifices,
offerings and rejoicing.
Come on back soon for more Daily Bread!
New Testament Daily Bread
There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare