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Military Mahem (II Samuel 3,4)

August 28, 2012 by Pito

Abner, the cousin of Saul and General of the armies of Israel, made Ishbosheth, the son of Saul, king over all the tribes but Judah. When Abner asked Ishbosheth for his concubine, the king became very angry. Abner, out of spite (wrong reason), withdrew his support of Ishbosheth and headed for Hebron, where David had been coronated as king over Judah. David gladly received him as Abner brought many of the northern tribes with him.

However, Joab, David’s General, was very displeased over this defection and he accused Abner of being a double-agent for Ishbosheth. Joab was also still harboring hatred towards Abner for the killing of his brother, Asahel.

When Joab murdered Abner, David wanted everyone to be clear that he had nothing to do with it. Even though David was upset, he did not take decisive action to right the wrong.

More intrigue followed as two of Ishbosheth’s men decided to murder him in his bed. Treason came from within the ranks. The writer of the New Testament warned the church about wolves in sheep clothing. May we never think that “it couldn’t happen in our church.”

When the murderers went to David with Ishbosheth’s head, they expected to be praised and rewarded by the king. On the contrary, David had them executed for slaying one of Saul’s descendants. He had promised Saul that he would not wipe out his line after he became king. David kept his word.

Because of the blessing of God, David’s kingdom increased and he became great. How did David respond to all this blessing? Contrary to the specific command of God, he took more wives. One of the greatest dangers to any church is spiritual laziness flowing out of arrogant presumption.

Jesus speaks these words to His complacent Church,“I know your deeds, that you are neither hot nor cold…So because you are lukewarm, I will spew you out of my mouth…Be zealous therefore and repent.” We flee slothful behavior by buying gold from Jesus and white garments, for we are “wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.” We dine with Him that we may overcome with Him. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches.” Read Revelation Chapters 2 and 3.


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