2 Samuel Chapter 2

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2 Samuel 2

1 And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of theLord, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the Lord said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.

So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabal’s wife the Carmelite.

And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.

And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, That the men of Jabeshgilead were they that buried Saul.

And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabeshgilead, and said unto them, Blessed be ye of the Lord, that ye have shewed this kindness unto your lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him.

And now the Lord shew kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.

Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and be ye valiant: for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me king over them.

But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul’s host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;

And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.

10 Ishbosheth Saul’s son was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David.

11 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.

12 And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ishbosheth the son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.

13 And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David, went out, and met together by the pool of Gibeon: and they sat down, the one on the one side of the pool, and the other on the other side of the pool.

14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.

15 Then there arose and went over by number twelve of Benjamin, which pertained to Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.

16 And they caught every one his fellow by the head, and thrust his sword in his fellow’s side; so they fell down together: wherefore that place was called Helkathhazzurim, which is in Gibeon.

17 And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.

18 And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe.

19 And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

20 Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Art thou Asahel? And he answered, I am.

21 And Abner said to him, Turn thee aside to thy right hand or to thy left, and lay thee hold on one of the young men, and take thee his armour. But Asahel would not turn aside from following of him.

22 And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn thee aside from following me: wherefore should I smite thee to the ground? how then should I hold up my face to Joab thy brother?

23 Howbeit he refused to turn aside: wherefore Abner with the hinder end of the spear smote him under the fifth rib, that the spear came out behind him; and he fell down there, and died in the same place: and it came to pass, that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell down and died stood still.

24 Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner: and the sun went down when they were come to the hill of Ammah, that lieth before Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon.

25 And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after Abner, and became one troop, and stood on the top of an hill.

26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren?

27 And Joab said, As God liveth, unless thou hadst spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother.

28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.

29 And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plain, and passed over Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and they came to Mahanaim.

30 And Joab returned from following Abner: and when he had gathered all the people together, there lacked of David’s servants nineteen men and Asahel.

31 But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abner’s men, so that three hundred and threescore men died.

32 And they took up Asahel, and buried him in the sepulchre of his father, which was in Bethlehem. And Joab and his men went all night, and they came to Hebron at break of day.

37 thoughts on “2 Samuel Chapter 2

  1. iLove to eat breakfast with Jesus

    “Civil War”

    You can only serve one master…

    Judah is Praise, when we worship, we exalt the anointed KING Jesus upon the throne, when we rebel we resurrect the former king of self upon the throne.

  2. The sound of a trumpet!!!

    28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.

    The Military has used the sound of a trumpet of bugle for many years to alert an order. There is the wake up call sound, the sound for assembly, the sound to break for food, the end of the day sound, and the sound of Tapps with which we put our brothers to their eternal rest. There are battle sounds and peace sound. Joab gives the sound & the battle ceased. The battle of Brother against Brother ended.

    There will be a day when for His cause, for Christ Jesus, we will experience the same battles for in Matthew 10 after Jesus gives His disciples charge of spreading His word, He warns them of the danger of persecution.

    Matt 10: 21“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 22All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 23When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

    When the Son of Man comes there will also be a sound of a trumpet. A sound so clear that all that know Him will know He is among us.

    1 Cor 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

    My dad has gone to be with the Lord, but he always use to tell me, “do not lie for the truth like the sound of a trumpet will rise above all sounds.”

    May you we be ready, alert, & sober when the sound comes.

  3. Someone I know told me that you can live by the sword and die by the sword being the word of God.
    Hebrews 4:12-For the word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any twoedged sword piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and the joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
    The sword is very powerful and is good to use when going against our enemy. Or even situations that we may go thru.
    Ephesians 6:17-And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.
    we need the helmet which is our protection (Jesus )and the sword (the Word of God ).
    I believe there was alot of sword -ing going on in this chapter.
    We can use the sword for healing –
    Deliverance –
    Peace -Righteousness-Healing-Power-Prayer-Truth-World – and principalities.
    thank you Lord for this blog and church I learn daily. Amen

  4. Although David knew he would become king, and although the time seemed right now that Saul was dead, David still asked God if he should move back to Judah. Before moving ahead with what seems obvious, first bring the matter to God, who alone knows the best timing.

  5. PRAISE SEPARATES

    10 Ishbosheth Saul’s son was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David.

    There are occasions when it seems like it is the world against the “Praiser”. Over time I have realized that many people do not become “Fully Engaged” in Praise because it is warfare and requires us to separate ourselves from the majority.

    It appears today just as in David’s that the majority would rather follow a man appointed King as we see in verse “8 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul’s host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim; 9 And made him king” than the GOD anointed King David. (Some of this could be the fault of David for running)

    We find even deeper separation of Praisers in verse 14 Abner said to Joab, “Let’s have the young men hold a contest.” Joab agreed.

    15 The men got up and were counted as they passed by. Twelve were from the tribe of Benjamin (representing Saul’s son Ishbosheth), and twelve were from David’s officers. 16 Each one grabbed his opponent by the head, stuck his sword into his opponent’s side, and they fell down together. Therefore, that place in Gibeon is called the Field of Enemies. 17 Fierce fighting broke out that day, and David’s men defeated Abner and the men of Israel.

    The Praisers won, there was obvious loss of life and we must realize that the battle is the LORDs and sometimes our battle is not for us but for those that are following us.

    Praisers = We WIN

    360 to 20

    MSG version verse 30 Joab returned from chasing Abner. When he had gathered all the troops, only 19 of David’s officers and Asahel were missing. 31 However, David’s officers had killed 360 of the men of Benjamin under Abner’s command.

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  6. 23 Howbeit he refused to turn aside: wherefore Abner with the hinder end of the spear smote him under the fifth rib, that the spear came out behind him; and he fell down there, and died in the same place: and it came to pass, that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell down and died stood still.

    Under the fifth, in the middle of the chest is the heart. Abner put a spear through the heart of Asahel and killed him. We need to put a spear through our enemies heart. How we do this is by Worshiping the One True God, Eating the Word, Praying fervently, Fasting for the Things of the Church, ect… Its time for us to turn the tables on the enemy. Instead of him chasing me , I am going to chase him out!!! I tired of him messing with my family and friends.

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  7. And David asked to God : Shall I go up into any cities of Judah? And whither shall I go up?
    Even he was king he asked for the guidance of his King .

  8. The beginning of this chapter shows David seeking the Lord’s guidance once again. We should be the same way, always seeking what the Lord wants us to do in any given situation and in everything we do.

    The middle of the chapter shows how you must make a choice. David was made King over Judah, while Ishbosheth becomes King of Israel. You can only serve one Master; otherwise, you will get into trouble as the end of the chapter shows.

    Joshua 24:15 in the NLT……”But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

  9. 4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.

    8 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul’s host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;
    9 And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.

    When God does something, it is something to watch. God set David up to be king, man set Ishbosheth up to be king. In only two years, a uprising takes place in which the servants of the world, try to overthrow God’s servants, and ended up loosing greatly because of it….

    If we would only take heed to this illistration of how our spiritual walk is depected here. Either we are servants of God or we serve the devil. Though we will see battle, and may even see some casulities, we will win. We must walk with this victorious attitude, as we encounter the attempts of the enemy to get us to fall to sin. We must not back down, but continue to keep fighting and chasing after the prize, spending eturnity with Jesus.

  10. I love to eat lunch with Jesus…and Jesus loves to eat lunch with me

    I quote pastor, “Over time I have realized that many people do not become “Fully Engaged” in Praise because it is warfare and requires us to separate ourselves from the majority.”

    Praise is warfare!

    תודה

    Pronunciation
    towdah

    From 3034; properly an extension of the hand, that is, (by implication) avowal, or (usually) adoration; specifically a choir of worshippers:–confession, (sacrifice of) praise, thanks (-giving, offering).

    תהלה

    Pronunciation
    tahillah

    From 1984; laudation; specifically (concretely) a hymn:–praise.

    שבח

    Pronunciation
    shabach (Aramaic)

    (Chaldee); corresponding to 7623; to adulate, that is, adore:–praise.

    שבח

    Pronunciation
    shabach

    A primitive root; properly to address in a loud tone, that is, (specifically) loud; figuratively to pacify (as if by words):–commend, glory, keep in, praise, still, triumph.

    ידה

    Pronunciation
    yadah

    A primitive root; used only as denominative from 3027; literally to use (that is, hold out) the hand; physically to throw (a stone, an arrow) at or away; especially to revere or worship (with extended hands); intensively to bemoan (by wringing the hands):–cast (out), (make) confess (-ion), praise, shoot, (give) thank (-ful, -s, -sgiving).

    זמר

    Pronunciation
    zamar

    A primitive root (perhaps identical with 2168 through the idea of striking with the fingers); properly to touch the strings or parts of a musical instrument, that is, play upon it; to make music, accompanied by the voice; hence to celebrate in song and music:–give praise, sing forth praises, psalms.

  11. 26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren?

    Shall the sword devour forever? The word of God does not go forth in vain or return void. Let the sword devour, cut away and utterly destroy all that is not of God in our lives.

  12. v6 And now the LORD shew kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.

    The LORD will reward and Bless you
    for your kindness.

  13. v1 And it came to pass after this, that David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said unto him, Go up.And David said. Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.

    GO UP! Praises and Prayers!
    Hebron means communion
    Judah means Praise
    Hebron must have been a reminder for David to keep communion with our Great GOD
    everyday.
    We develop personal friendship through communication and trust .It is the same with GOD. If we enjoy friendship with HIM
    communication and trust are necessary
    Then over a period of time GOD gradually reves more of HIMSELF to us. HIS revelation becomes part of our lives.
    Thank you JESUS that intimate place in GOD can be ours, and it begins with submission and humility. No flesh will glory in HIS sight
    It’s always in order to Pray and Praise.

  14. NLT 14 Then Abner suggested to Joab, “Let’s have a few of our warriors fight hand to hand here in front of us.”

    A civil war, brother against brother. So many are affected by civil wars. The nation could not decide who to serve, David or Ishbosheth. Spiritually we have to decide whom we will serve, either God or the devil.

    13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

  15. But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul’s host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim; And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.

    David was anointed as king by the man of God and now by Judah but sometimes man tries to ignore Gods will. Abner thought it best to make sauls son king in his place instead of giving way to the will of God. I noticed it did not say that ishbosheth was anointed in any way. After this this little battle happened and 380 men/brethren were killed. Division is costly, these men died unnecessarily. Had Gods will been the focus this unfortunate massacre would not have happened. Unity within the body and church is important, division in Gods house is just as costly. People die (backslide) or are seriously injured when Gods will is not the focus of the leaders and people. Let there be unity among the brethren. Unity=life whereas division=death.

  16. The most unfortunate thing is that the enemy has utilized God’s chosen children to be blinded, and attack their own brothers. Its so sad that His people can be decieved into actually believing that they are fighting for the Lord, all the while they are fighting for the enemy. I believe that a wonderful NT comparison is Paul originally “Saul” who thought he was ridding the earth of pagan worship of The Way. The enemy has been using this tactic for centuries if he can use God’s people to destroy themselves and others then its a win-win situation for him. Knowledge of this scam, and discernment of it creeping into the church will prevent the enemies effectiveness. The Lord warns that this will inevitably happen anyways, so we are warned to keep ourselves aware, and on the watch. The enemy is going to try and stop us from anything that brings glory to the Lord, just like progressiveness, and advancement, we too will be a glowing target sign to the enemy.The closer we stick to the Lord the easier it will be to deflect his attacks.

    Consider: Mat 16: 6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

    Paul wrote in his letter to the Philipians 3:2Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. 3For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. 4Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

  17. David’s Progression As King

    David begins his reign over the tribe of Judah at age 30! But he must wait another seven years and six months before he reigns over Israel. Instead of following the lineage of Saul, Judah chooses to be ruled by the king God has annointed. David’s annointing in Hebron (2 Sa 2:4) is the second of three anointings. He is first anointed by Samuel as the future king (1Sa 16:13). Then he is publicly anointed king of the one tribe Judah (2 Sa 2:4). Finally, years later, David is anointed king over all Israel (2 Sa 5:3). Although many years pass before God’s promise is fulfilled completely, David chooses to trust God rather than take matters into his own hands. He knows who has put him in this position and who will orchestrate events to bring His will into fulfillment. Jesus like his Father was never in a hurry,(ex: Martha & Mary) he ticks to his own clock, and we would do well like David to recognize and hop on the Lords clock and beat to his drum. Judah’s veil fell, and recognized David as their king because he was anointed (chosen) by the Lord and not the counterfeit. They decided not the beat to the worlds drum but instead to the Lord’s.

  18. It was fitting that David should rule over “The House of Praise” the chapter that started on a high note ended in violence like many of the stories in the old testament and even today things have not changed. If I recollect correctly there was even war in Heaven! Maranatha! Even so Lord Jesus come! We can look at the old testament in many ways. Some look at it as history,Some try ti find find hidden spiritual applications as they relate to The coming of Christ in prophecy. And some find meaning for there own lives today and how it applies to us .No matter what rthe reason{s} God’s word is awesome ,He is the word!!.

  19. This chapter illustrates dedication. “And Joab said, As God liveth, unless thou hadst spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother.” If we today become as dedicated as these were to the work of the Lord, there will be no limit to what can be accomplished. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  20. 1 And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of theLord, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the Lord said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.

    2 So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabal’s wife the Carmelite.

    Again, this chapter reveals David’s submission to the Lord. Everything we have seen him do up to this point, he has inquired of the Lord for timing and being obedient to the instructions he received. He was very respectful to Saul, even after his death showing his loyalty even in death because the Lord instructed him to touch not the anointed. Even after all Saul had done to him, he still honored the commandment of the Lord. Lord help us to honor our leaders with the same respect. It is very easy in our day and time we live to be disrespectful and think nothing of it.

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    “O YE LEVIATHAN, YOU STRIKE AGAIN”

    14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.

    15 Then there arose and went over by number twelve of Benjamin, which pertained to Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.

    16 And they caught every one his fellow by the head, and thrust his sword in his fellow’s side; so they fell down together: wherefore that place was called Helkathhazzurim, which is in Gibeon.

    Job 41:5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
    Job 41:6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?

    Job 41:15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
    Job 41:29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.

    ********HE LAUGHS AT THE SHAKING OF THE SPEAR********
    WHY WOULD LEVIATHAN LAUGH AT THE SHAKING OF THE SPEAR…BECAUSE YOU CAN’T KILL HIM…THIS IS A SPIRITUAL BATTLE THAT CANT BE WON IN THE FLESH…WE WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD. IF LEVIATHAN CAN GET YOU TO ASSAULT YOUR BRETHREN…ITS FUNNY TO HIM…

  22. Finally David was King, but the enemy fought against his promise. Asahel pursued Abner so we must pursue the enemy. We must take back what he has stolen from us.

    Abner – father of light
    Asahel – God made

    Lucifer means morning star or light bearer

    The Church is God made and we are pursueing the enemy. The bible says that the enemy will have power over the saints for a season but in the end we triumph.

    The spear that pierced the side of Jesus sacrificed the greatest man to ever live for the greatest body ever designed, the church.

    The spear caused the blood to flow that covers our sin!

    We must run until the race is over, never give up!

  23. Choosing your master

    Choose your master wisely for he leads you in battle. Either to live or die. If Judah was the first regiment sent into battle they must have been the best with the sword. If they the best choose to serve David then what foolishness would it be to play swords with them. Joan had no problem letting them play because he knew who the best was.
    The more I read about David the more he reminds me of Pastor. Fallow the man of God and be ready with your fellow swordsmen when you are called to battle.
    Truly Judah didn’t choose David….
    God chose them both

  24. The Lord’s will be done no matter how deep the wound is no matter how much disobedience there is. The Lord punishes bad behavior and rewards the good. Scripture shows us how the battles have already been won we just need to seek the Lord for direction and he will lead us to victory. It took David a long time to be King because he was waiting for the right time to step up. He went through hills and valleys before he became King, he dare not touch the annointed, spite of all the hiding and running the Lord had his back.

    Thank you Lord for having my back, I seek you.

  25. 16 And they caught every one his fellow by the head, and thrust his sword in his fellow’s side; so they fell down together: wherefore that place was called Helkathhazzurim, which is in Gibeon.

    It’s sad that this still goes on in a church where there is no unity, compassion and brotherly love. My prayer is that POFW be blessed and filled with unity, compassion, and brotherly love. Choose your words wisely and be sure they are covered with sweetness-you might have to eat them one day.

    A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:19-21 KJV)

    There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. (Proverbs 12:18 KJV)

    My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. (Psalm 57:4 KJV)

    Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words: (Psalm 64:3 KJV)

    Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:5-8 KJV)

  26. 1 And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of theLord, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the Lord said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.
    2 So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabal’s wife the Carmelite.
    3 And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.

    Davids inquired of the Lord and in vs 2 & 3 it points out that his wives went with him and all of his men too. After Ziglag, there had to be a restoration of faith in David’s command. He inquired of the Lord and recovered all at Ziglag and now after inquiring of the Lord, they all follow him to Hebron.
    We too must have faith in our commander, Pastor, who inquires of the Lord for us. We can also have the confidence to follow him because we know he follows the Lord.
    Praying for our Pastor will help him in his daily “inquiring” of the Lord for direction. Following those directions brings our victories.

  27. 8 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul’s host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;

    9 And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.

    10 Ishbosheth Saul’s son was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David.

    Man can never legitimize or establish himself in places that God has not called him to. Just because the majority seems to support you does not mean it is his will for your life. It is God who establishes you to sit upon the throne. Be confident in the places God has called you to, and be victorious in all that you do.

  28. 26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren?

    It really strikes me how bloody and tumultuous a time this is in Israel’s history. It seems much of the warfare is unnecessary. How much unnecessary warfare do we engage in because we refuse to be engaged in God and His perfect will and prefer to do things our own way?

    Judah, praise, exalts God not flesh. The God-exalters find victory, yet why should brother strive against brother in the first place? Our decisions affect those around us and not just ourselves.

    But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. (Luke 11:17 KJV)

    For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. (1 Corinthians 11:29, 30 KJV)

  29. Verse 1″…David enquired of the Lord…”
    We need to remember to humble ourselves in the face of authority. It’s a continual process that will test your abilities as a servant.

  30. 1 And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of theLord, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the Lord said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.

    David was a man of prayer and who always inquired of the Lord before he made any important desicion. He is the perfect example of what all people should do before a important descision is made. Pray pray pray!

  31. David mourns for even his enemies. He also fasts to show his grief. It seems to be a very regular thing with David to fast for others often. If David was a man after God’s own heart then we should follow his example. We should fast often and be grieved, even for people we don’t like (and the ones that don’t like us too).

    Blessed are those who mourn…

  32. 1 And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of theLord, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the Lord said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.

    This is where alot of God’s people go wrong, not asking God what to do. It’s is important as a christian to ask God for direction. When we try to do it on our own, we end up in more of our mess.

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