I Samuel 11
1. Then Nahash the Ammonite came up and encamped against Jabesh Gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a covenant with us, and we will serve you.”
Now we read of the invasion of Nahash the Ammonite. The Ammonites were descended from Lot, Abraham’s nephew. Ammon was the son of his younger daughter’s incest. The first Ammonite was Ben-Ammi, whose name means “Son of My People.” He was a result of Lot’s youngest daughter’s incest with Lot himself while he was drunk. Thus Ben-Ammi was Lot’s son and grandson both. The name Ammon means simply “Tribe.” The land Ammon dwelt in bordered Israel on the northeast, above Moab, the nation descended from Lot and his older daughter.
Even though the Ammonites were related to Israel, they were seldom friends and often enemies with them. Nahash, whose name means “Serpent,” was their young king at this time. We will learn that it was actually a threat from him that caused Israel to want a king in the first place, according to I Samuel 12:12. Read the rest of this entry »