The second proof of God’s Sovereignty:
He Had Joab choose the Site of Battle
Greek commander Themistocles faced the daunting challenge of meeting a vast Persian fleet in Grecian waters. Knowing the land, he carefully chose the small harbor at Salamis, which allowed only a few Persian ships entrance at a time. Since the Persian admiral obligingly sent few at a time, Themistocles beat each in detail, thus winning the battle.
By being familiar with the land’s geography, and by being on site before Absalom’s troops arrived, Joab seized the advantage the woods heavy with timber offered a defensive force—like Lee’s at Fredericksburg and Mead’s at Gettysburg. There Joab could better control his forces and use them to greater advantage. There fewer men could successfully fight more.
As the battle developed Joab’s men systematically withstood Absalom’s assaults. Once stopped, the rebel troops tried to reorganize—attacking warriors use more energy than those defending—Joab’s unleashed his offensive.
Suddenly Absalom’s men not only couldn’t advance, but couldn’t defend their positions. On Joab’s men came, driving the enemy back, causing high casualties. On they came, chasing men who had first retreated, then bolted the scene.
Into the thick timber they struggled, hoping for safety but finding themselves trapped in undergrowth; where men lost their footing and bearings, and fell over cliffs and into pits. The Forest of Ephraim fought for David as the “stars from their courses...fought against Sisera” Judges 5:20. End Part II