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May 2, 2018

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Reading along with us in 2 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Samuel 2 (ESV)

After this David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?” And the Lord said to him, “Go up.” David said, “To which shall I go up?” And he said, “To Hebron.” So David went up there, and his two wives also, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. And David brought up his men who were with him, everyone with his household, and they lived in the towns of Hebron. And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.

When they told David, “It was the men of Jabesh-gilead who buried Saul,” David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead and said to them, “May you be blessed by the Lord, because you showed this loyalty to Saul your lord and buried him. Now may the Lord show steadfast love and faithfulness to you. And I will do good to you because you have done this thing. Now therefore let your hands be strong, and be valiant, for Saul your lord is dead, and the house of Judah has anointed me king over them......Continue Reading

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  1. 10Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and he reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David. 11And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.

  2. As Judah anoints David king of that tribe, Abner, Saul’s general, is quick to reestablish Saul’s heir as king over Israel. As conflict arises between the two houses, both sides agree that a small contingent of soldiers will fight. On the heals of Israel’s loss, Asahel, Joab’s brother pursues Abner possibly to gain glory for himself from his brother. Abner being the more skilled fighter, graciously warns Asahel not to pursue. Since Asahel doesn’t heed the warning, Abner is “forced” to kill him. This naturally upsets Joab and as he pursues Abner, Abner speaks words of wisdom. Why should we continue fighting and shedding the blood of family. It is good when in the midst of conflict someone can stop and reflect on why are we in this situation in the first place. Does it really make sense. Usually it doesn’t make sense or at least the situation does not warrant the level of argument or hurt that is being inflicted. And it is especially nice when the other party settles down and agrees to the truce, as Joab does……

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