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May 3, 2018

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

2 Samuel 3 (ESV)

There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker.

And sons were born to David at Hebron: his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam of Jezreel; and his second, Chileab, of Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; and the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital;and the sixth, Ithream, of Eglah, David’s wife. These were born to David in Hebron.

While there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner was making himself strong in the house of Saul. Now Saul had a concubine whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah. And Ish-bosheth said to Abner, “Why have you gone in to my father’s concubine?” ...Continue Reading

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  1. 37So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it had not been the king’s will to put to death Abner the son of Ner. 38And the king said to his servants, “Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel? 39And I was gentle today, though anointed king. These men, the sons of Zeruiah, are more severe than I. The Lord repay the evildoer according to his wickedness!”

  2. Ish Bosheth’s suspicion not based in fact and Abner’s reactionary response are certainly not laudable character traits for us to mimic. Although Abner’s recognition of David’s right to rule is correct, what motivates him is not. It does appear that Abner is sincere in his desire to help David and David accepts it as such. But Joab is certainly doubting it. Abner had 2 strikes against him: he comes from the other side and he killed Joab’s brother. Although we should recall Abner warned Joab’s brother not to fight him and Asahel didn’t listen. So Joab takes matters into his own hands and kills Abner even though the king had sent Abner away in peace. David mourns the loss and distances himself from Joab’s rash, vengeful and murderous action. The people regard him for it. David is showing the signs of being a good leader.

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