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by Wayne Blank
The respect bestowed to an ambassador was based on the Head of State that the ambassador represented. To harm or insult an ambassador was regarded as an attack on the King who sent him e.g. King David was outraged and responded with a massive military force when the ambassadors that he peacefully sent across the Jordan to Ammon (today, the Kingdom of Jordan) were shamefully treated by Hanun who accused them of being spies (the ancient and modern-day reality that most diplomats were and are spies is beside the point):
"Wherefore Hanun took David's servants, and shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away ... And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty men." (2 Samuel 10:4,7 KJV)
Like King David, God's wrath will be known to those who have mistreated His ambassadors through the ages ("martyr" originally only meant witness; it later came to mean the slaughter of God's witnesses - see Martyrs).
"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us" (2 Corinthians 5:20 KJV)
Fact Finder: Why did Jesus Christ refer to the Temple of God in Jerusalem (see also Physical and Spiritual Temples) as "My Father's House"? Why did He become so angry and drive out those who were defiling it?