Few Beard stories from the OT:-
1. 2SA 20:9 Joab said to Amasa, "How are you, my brother?" Then Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him. 10 Amasa was not on his guard against the dagger in Joab's hand, and Joab plunged it into his belly, and his intestines spilled out on the ground.
As much as possible, avoid growing long beard by which you can be taken by someone like Joab.
2. 2 Sam 10:4 So Hanun seized David's men, shaved off half of each man's beard, cut off their garments in the middle at the buttocks, and sent them away.
These men could have avoided all these if they were clean shaven. If something like this happens to any of our boys, ask them to remove the remaining beard also; else choosing to follow the example of David, allow the boys to grow the lost beard.
3. Ezra 9:3 When I heard this, I tore my tunic and cloak, pulled hair from my head and beard and sat down appalled.
If you have good beard and long hair, you may pull them out when distressed, like Ezra. But, beware of Nehemiahs, who may pull out others’ hair. Nehe 13:25
4. EZE 5:1 "Now, son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a barber's razor to shave your head and your beard. Then take a set of scales and divide up the hair. 2 --------, burn a third of the hair with fire inside the city. Take a third and strike it with the sword all around the city. And scatter a third to the wind.
This is symbolic and more dramatic; shaving head and beard with a SHARP SWORD and dividing the HAIR by WEIGHT etc. Striking the hair all around the city will be seen by many. Scattering hair to the wind must be done carefully without inviting trouble from others.
If you notice any errors in my treatment of these “beard stories”, they are accidental and please correct them.