2 Samuel Chapter 3

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2 Samuel 3

1 Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.

And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;

And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; 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, by Eglah David’s wife. These were born to David in Hebron.

And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong for the house of Saul.

And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah: and Ishbosheth said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou gone in unto my father’s concubine?

Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ishbosheth, and said, Am I a dog’s head, which against Judah do shew kindness this day unto the house of Saul thy father, to his brethren, and to his friends, and have not delivered thee into the hand of David, that thou chargest me to day with a fault concerning this woman?

So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the Lordhath sworn to David, even so I do to him;

10 To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beersheba.

11 And he could not answer Abner a word again, because he feared him.

12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, Whose is the land? saying also, Make thy league with me, and, behold, my hand shall be with thee, to bring about all Israel unto thee.

13 And he said, Well; I will make a league with thee: but one thing I require of thee, that is, Thou shalt not see my face, except thou first bring Michal Saul’s daughter, when thou comest to see my face.

14 And David sent messengers to Ishbosheth Saul’s son, saying, Deliver me my wife Michal, which I espoused to me for an hundred foreskins of the Philistines.

15 And Ishbosheth sent, and took her from her husband, even from Phaltiel the son of Laish.

16 And her husband went with her along weeping behind her to Bahurim. Then said Abner unto him, Go, return. And he returned.

17 And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye sought for David in times past to be king over you:

18 Now then do it: for the Lord hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the hand of all their enemies.

19 And Abner also spake in the ears of Benjamin: and Abner went also to speak in the ears of David in Hebron all that seemed good to Israel, and that seemed good to the whole house of Benjamin.

20 So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. And David made Abner and the men that were with him a feast.

21 And Abner said unto David, I will arise and go, and will gather all Israel unto my lord the king, that they may make a league with thee, and that thou mayest reign over all that thine heart desireth. And David sent Abner away; and he went in peace.

22 And, behold, the servants of David and Joab came from pursuing a troop, and brought in a great spoil with them: but Abner was not with David in Hebron; for he had sent him away, and he was gone in peace.

23 When Joab and all the host that was with him were come, they told Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he hath sent him away, and he is gone in peace.

24 Then Joab came to the king, and said, What hast thou done? behold, Abner came unto thee; why is it that thou hast sent him away, and he is quite gone?

25 Thou knowest Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive thee, and to know thy going out and thy coming in, and to know all that thou doest.

26 And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, which brought him again from the well of Sirah: but David knew it not.

27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the fifth rib, that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.

28 And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless before the Lord for ever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner:

29 Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all his father’s house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an issue, or that is a leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that falleth on the sword, or that lacketh bread.

30 So Joab, and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had slain their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.

31 And David said to Joab, and to all the people that were with him, Rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner. And king David himself followed the bier.

32 And they buried Abner in Hebron: and the king lifted up his voice, and wept at the grave of Abner; and all the people wept.

33 And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth?

34 Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet put into fetters: as a man falleth before wicked men, so fellest thou. And all the people wept again over him.

35 And when all the people came to cause David to eat meat while it was yet day, David sware, saying, So do God to me, and more also, if I taste bread, or ought else, till the sun be down.

36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.

37 For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not of the king to slay Abner the son of Ner.

38 And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the Lord shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.

40 thoughts on “2 Samuel Chapter 3

  1. iLove to eat breakfast with Jesus

    people are watching…get use to it leaders

    36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.

  2. Lacking a spirit of a leader.

    8 Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ishbosheth, and said, Am I a dog’s head, which against Judah do shew kindness this day unto the house of Saul thy father, to his brethren, and to his friends, and have not delivered thee into the hand of David, that thou chargest me to day with a fault concerning this woman?

    9 So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the Lordhath sworn to David, even so I do to him;

    10 To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beersheba.

    11 And he could not answer Abner a word again, because he feared him.

    It seems obvious to me that King Ishbosheth lacked a spirit of a leader. I don’t think it was his purpose to be the king of Israel in the first place; it was always Abner purpose to glorify himself through Ishbosheth. In this chapter his motivation was a woman. He did not want his faults found, nor he wanted instruction from the authority over him. Then his threat, well since you are not happy with me I will take the kingdom of Israel away from you and give it to David.

    Abner knew the kingdom always belonged to David for he was the anointed one. He just used Ishbosheth to do his beck and call. Was it right of Joab to kill Abner? Did Joab save David from a deceiver? I think although his actions did save David from a deceiver, and Joab was the captain of David’s Army, but his motive was vengeance, for the death of his brother Asahel.

    None the less, it was the actions of a good and wise king David that made the seed that Abner had already planted on Israel take root. The way he rent his clothes and made everyone even Joab’s house do the same and go into grief with him. His time of fasting. EVERYONE WAS WATCHING!!! I truly believe that his kingdom depended on how he reacted to Abner’s death.

    I said all this to say this: BE AWARE LEADERS THAT THE WORLD IS WATCHING AND HIS KINGDOM MAY DEPEND ON HOW YOU REACT OR ACT IN THIS WORLD.

  3. While professedly serving ishbosheth, Avnet was actually strengthening his owns political position because he saw the balance of power shifting to David

  4. The Lord will always repay for wickedness. We dont have to do any repaying thats God’s job.
    Thank you God for taking over when people do things against me I dont want to do your job. Let God be God.

  5. 39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the Lord shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.

    David the King isn’t judging Joab for killing Abner. He’s tired of all the wickedness that surrounds him. He knows vengance is the Lords and not ours. Therefore he’s leaving it in God’s hands to judge between good and evil. Davld knew God was chosen to be King of Israel, but I don’t think he was ready for the responsibilities but he learned that seeking God before any important decision would help him make better choices. Seeking God’s favor was what David wanted but he had to have faith that he could lead. For he was a humble man he had upmost respect for the anointed.

    Thank you Lord for leading me to POFW where great leaders lead and a Godly anointed Pastor favored by God, who’s vision is to IMPACT the City of Ft Worth . I pray God blesses POFW with a Huge Church where our children of today can attend a Christian School and grow to be great leaders and pastors of tomorrow.

    • Amen & Amen….Great observation of this scripture. You Go Girl…keep the faith….your other half.

  6. 21 And Abner said unto David, I will arise and go, and will gather all Israel unto my lord the king, that they may make a league with thee, and that thou mayest reign over all that thine heart desireth. And David sent Abner away; and he went in peace.
    22 And, behold, the servants of David and Joab came from pursuing a troop, and brought in a great spoil with them: but Abner was not with David in Hebron; for he had sent him away, and he was gone in peace.
    23 When Joab and all the host that was with him were come, they told Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he hath sent him away, and he is gone in peace.

    It was a family affair. Abner understood that David was the anointed one to be king , and as such gave him honor. Abner had the attention of the kings of Isreal and convinced them to allow David to make Isreal one again.

    Now Joab had a bone to pick with Abner considering his brother. And, when he got back from fighting, he was angered at the fact that David had allowed Abner to come into the city. Maybe it wasn’t for the fact that David had allowed him to come in ,but for the reason that that was his brothers killer.

    Many times we allow our emotions to get in the way of our better judgement, and therefore we must be careful in what we allow to upset us. We serve a God of second chances, and in that I personally believe that everyone should get at least one more chance. Abner understood and wanted Isreal to be one again, and thats why he came to David.

  7. THE COST OF USURPING AUTHORITY

    28 And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless before the Lord for ever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner:
    29 Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all his father’s house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an issue, or that is a leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that falleth on the sword, or that lacketh bread.
    30 So Joab, and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had slain their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.

    This chapter leaves room for much speculation due the lack of information and evidence of accusation. However there is a principal that I glean from this chapter.

    Evidence points to the fact that Abner had in fact finally conceded the Kingdom to David, as he met the request of David to return Michal to him. Possibly the the accusation of Ishbosheth caused Abner to realize that he was losing influence in his own land. Nevertheless Abner and David feasted and left in peace which leads us to believe all was well. Obviously Abner’s character and credibility were questionable. However David seemed to be at peace with him.

    Grudges, vengence and unforgiveness will drive the human spirit to murder and that is what we witness here. Joab and Abishai were unwilling to let go of the past to see the Kingdom (Church) united. Therefore they fooled Abner and slated him like a fool.

    David made it very clear that he had nothing to do with the murder and spoke the judgement upon the house of Joab:

    MSG 28-30 Later on, when David heard what happened, he said, “Before God I and my kingdom are totally innocent of this murder of Abner son of Ner. Joab and his entire family will always be under the curse of this bloodguilt. May they forever be victims of crippling diseases, violence, and famine.” (Joab and his brother, Abishai, murdered Abner because he had killed their brother Asahel at the battle of Gibeon.)

    Usurp – to take or make use of without right.

    Abner trusted Joab to return with him, Joab cowardly murdered Abner, David cursed Joab and his house.

    Be aware your decision to usurp, deceive and murder will be very costly.

    iPray
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    • Great post!

      Joab will surely reap what he has sown. His blood shall for sure be returned upon his on head.

  8. I pray for GOd’s covering (in our hearts) over my family,my church and and friends….
    —God,you deal with the enemies we might have,you deal with the ones who persecute us,you deal with those who take pleasure in trying make our lives miserible…..
    —-God said once he will pay…
    Thank you Lord for your anointing;- for when I am weak,then I am strong.
    :39 and today,though I am anointed King,I am weak,and these sons of Zeruiah are too strong for me.May the Lord repay the evildoer according to his evil deeds.

  9. In this scripture, another action packed verse of war and drama. it’s apparent that David displayed great Godly Character in not celebrating over the loss of Abner, and he also honored him with the following comment.

    38 And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

    39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the Lord shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.

    The Lord will reward the evil, according to the wickedness. Don’t think that’s the type of reward that any man/woman should be seeking.

    In this scripture, kind of reminds me of how that working though in a hostile work environment, or planet, that God still is God, and no matter what we go through he changes not. And what an awesome promise God gives us when he says he will never leave us nor forsake us. I pray, he still works all this out to his Good & Glory, In Jesus Christ mighty name, Amen & Amen.

    “Be Church”….iwork…iwork…iwork…a..lot…imissu…

  10. Here Comes The Bride

    13 And he said, Well; I will make a league with thee: but one thing I require of thee, that is, Thou shalt not see my face, except thou first bring Michal Saul’s daughter, when thou comest to see my face.

    14 And David sent messengers to Ishbosheth Saul’s son, saying, Deliver me my wife Michal, which I espoused to me for an hundred foreskins of the Philistines.

    15 And Ishbosheth sent, and took her from her husband, even from Phaltiel the son of Laish.

    16 And her husband went with her along weeping behind her to Bahurim. Then said Abner unto him, Go, return. And he returned.

    My first thought when reading this was “David, why didn’t you leave well enough alone? Why are you causing all this fuss over a woman who mocked your praise of God and was called ‘the daughter of Saul’ plenty more than ‘the wife of David’? Why, after all these years, would you come back and reclaim this woman, especially considering the collection of wives you already have, including the honorable Abigail?”

    The I started thinking of other brides of the Bible and what this could symbolize. David had “won” Michal, yet Saul tried to annul this and marry her off to another in David ‘s absence. It seems David’s actions declare “Give me what’s mine, she may not be perfect but I paid the price…

    Give me the bride (kingdom) of Israel…”

    There is another who says, “Give me the bride.”

    And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; (Revelation 21:9-11 KJV)

    Before the catching away of the church, we expect great endtime revival and harvest. Here, before his kingdom is fully reclaimed, David calls the prodigal bride to return to him. Perhaps Michal is a representation of that harvest of backsliders who will be brought in before the coming of our Lord when He declares finally His bride for eternity (no more space for repentance or salvation.) They are the ones who once knew the husband, yet fell away and were claimed by another husband (one of flesh, this world.) Yet the Bridegroom knows those that are His, even those backslid. Our Lord is calling even for “eleventh hour” laborers for an “eleventh hour” harvest, perhaps the harvest itself will yield reclaimed laborers who will return to their reward in that eleventh hour?

    And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. (Matthew 20:9-16 KJV)

    And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found. (Luke 15:23-32 KJV)

  11. I eat lunch with Jesus

    “Abner the Prince”

    38 And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

    Who was this great man?

    And the name of Saul’s wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz: and the name of the captain of his host was Abner, the son of Ner, Saul’s uncle. (1 Samuel 14:50 KJV)

    Abner was Saul’s uncle and the captain of the host.

    Abner was a valiant man

    valiant – having or showing valor; “a valiant attempt to prevent the hijack”; “a valiant soldier”
    valorous
    brave, courageous – possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching; “Familiarity with danger makes a brave man braver but less daring”- Herman Melville; “a frank courageous heart…triumphed over pain”- William Wordsworth; “set a courageous example by leading them safely into and out of enemy-held territory”

    And David cried to the people, and to Abner the son of Ner, saying, Answerest thou not, Abner? Then Abner answered and said, Who art thou that criest to the king? And David said to Abner, Art not thou a valiant man? and who is like to thee in Israel? wherefore then hast thou not kept thy lord the king? for there came one of the people in to destroy the king thy lord. (1 Samuel 26:14, 15 KJV)

    Abner didn’t want to kill the fast running young buck, he wasn’t a murderer, but a warrior.

    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. 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? (2 Samuel 2:21, 22 KJV)

    ABNER THE WAR HERO was loyal to the commander in chief.

  12. 39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the Lord shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.

    God is a rewarder, whether good or bad He will reward. David knew that these men had only slain Abner because of revenge, but rether than taking matters into his own hands, he left it to God. Today many of us seek to hurt the people whom had hurt us. Two wrongs don’t make it right, and neither does doing the right thing with alterior motives. Either way you lose. The onluy way to keep God’s blessing and favor is to do the right thing for only the right reason, and with a pure heart.

  13. NLT 12 Then Abner sent messengers to David, saying, “Doesn’t the entire land belong to you? Make a solemn pact with me, and I will help turn over all of Israel to you.”

    A good test of trust. David had to trust Abner, that he would come through with his word. Abner could have easily deceived David, as Joab did. But David was not afraid, and trusted God would make him king over all Israel.

    NLT 56:4 I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?

  14. v39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the LORD shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.

    There comes a time in our walk with GOD when circumstances come into our lives that we cannot do Nothing about it but because JESUS loves us so much that HE came and gave His life for us . There Is HOPE!!!!
    JESUS is able to do the impossible .Though you don’t understand it believe and thank HIM for it anyway. HE wants us to just respond in the Spirit by faith with a praise, a shout
    Come to JESUS believing and HIS WORD will change everything. PRAISE GOD!!!

  15. 36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.

    37 For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not of the king to slay Abner the son of Ner.

    38 And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

    39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the Lord shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.

    A backslider was coming home. He had already made all his preparations, but someone in the church felt he didn’t deserve it. One of the leaders in the church felt that he needed to pay for his sins and not be forgiven of them. It’s a dangerous place when the church tries to do Gods job.

  16. 3-24
    Joabs rebuke of David suggest that Davids military commander though faithful to him had a strong personal power base as Abner did. Thoughs Davids life Joab remained a faithful but independent and vexatious supporter

  17. This chapter showed how we must not take revenge upon someone or hold onto grudges/hurts. Joab had never forgiven Abner for killing his brother and he took matters into his own hands. As noted in verses 28-30 in the MSG version, this can lead to problems (curses) not only for yourself; but, your whole family.

    “Later on, when David heard what happened, he said, “Before God I and my kingdom are totally innocent of this murder of Abner son of Ner. Joab and his entire family will always be under the curse of this bloodguilt. May they forever be victims of crippling diseases, violence, and famine.” (Joab and his brother, Abishai, murdered Abner because he had killed their brother Asahel at the battle of Gibeon.)” We must instead, take it to the Lord as the CEV reads in the following verses:

    Psalm 55:22 Our Lord, we belong to you. We tell you what worries us,
    and you won’t let us fall.

    1 Peter 5:7 God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.

  18. David was a righteous Ruler. Bearing the burden of the sins of his kingdom. Not pointing fingers but repented with fasting. Pastor said the other day he felt responsible for the lost who have come and gone,crying out to the Lord “O God show me what I am doing wrong and show me how to do it right. When I worked a 6 flags I would see the empty expressions on faces of those waiting in line for 30 minutes,just for a 30second thrill!! I wept as I saw hoplessness on each face!!

  19. Vs 27 We are commanded to always be alert and watchful, for the enemy of our soul will destroy us at a moments notice when all seems well. He will take us aside to “speak quietly” to us (no harm in that) and then he will come down on us and destroy us.

  20. 24. Then Joab came to the king, and said, What hast thou done? behold, Abner came unto thee; why is it that thou hast sent him away, and he is quite gone?

    27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the fifth rib, that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.

    “Slippery Slope”
    Just 3 verses from questioning authority to murder…

  21. 38 And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

    39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the Lord shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.
    -a good friend of the kings died murdered,
    We should all follower the king
    -very interesting chapter today!!!!

  22. 17 And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye sought for David in times past to be king over you:

    18 Now then do it: for the Lord hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the hand of all their enemies.

    I’m thankful for God and his protection over me from the enemy!

  23. Although Joab may have known of Abner and his deceptive ways, if he was in fact deceiving David. He was wrong to take matters into his own hands and kill Abner. His true motive was out of vengeance for his brother Asahel’s life.

    We do not always understand why God does what he does. Sometimes people are mean and cruel to us. Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek.

    Instead of retaliating we should start interceding. Their wrong will catch up with them, but pray God’s mercy does first.

    They are still a soul and in need of salvation.

    “As such were some of you…”

  24. 39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the Lord shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.

    This verse encourages me. For I know in those situations that are out of my control and seem impossible all I need to do is move out of the way and let “the Lord reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.” I know that whatever measure of evil they try to attack or put on me that will be the same measure that will return back to them.
    Choose very wisely the words and actions you say and do – one day it might come back around.

  25. Once again I marvel at the mercy and forgiving way of David. He earnestly wept for a man who would have taken his life.

    David is a true example on how to forgive those who trespass against us.

  26. David Mourns Abner

    Abner, King Saul’s cousin, obtains for Saul’s successor, Ish-Bosheth, the allegiance of all the tribes of Judah. But when Ish-Bosheth insinuates that Abner is aiming for the crown himself by taking Saul’s concubine, Abner switches his allegiance to David and offers all the tribes of Isreal to him. Then Joab, David’s general, kills Abner. David knows that Abner’s death will look like the execution of an opponent. To prove that he had no involvement in Abner’s death, David reprimands Joab and mourns Abner. As David washes his hands of the of Abner’s blood, he heaps curses on Joab and his family (2 Sa 3:29). The respect David pays to Abner pleases the people, proving his noble character to them once again. So, too, when we look to God rather than human effort to deal with our “enemies”, and when we honor those who have opposed us, our good character will be recognized and respected.

  27. Verse 39… The Lord shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.
    We should never have to worry about seeking revenge, God knows the best way to handle people who do you wrong.

  28. 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…

  29. The Secret death the tactics of a coward

    Vs 27
    The dark secret places is where the adversary has to attack us. When we are among our brothers we are strong and he doesn’t mess with us. He gets you alone and whispers in your ear the little things that no one else needs to hear. All the while your listening just invites him in a little closer for the attack. Ebery moment you listen he is drawing his sword. Every bit of your mind that entertains what he is saying is adding up to the peoce of you that is not paying attention to what is really going on. He draws his sword alitte more while you listen to his lies. When you are completly involed in his secret he slays you. As soon as you let the devil entertain your flesh it’s secret time and you draw closer to death.The tactics of a coward are like this….Keeping your focus on the King will keep you alive.

  30. We find at the opening of this chapter the house of Saul (Abner) and the house of David at war. However just a few verses later we see there they have come together, and David has sent him away in peace. Joab who is not part of that meeting returns and takes matters into his own hands and the end result is death for Abner, which David lamented and mourned over.

    Many times we are in the middle of situations with our friends and family members. And those that it is about make peace, but we on the outside don’t know all details and we still continue to discuss and fuss about the situation stirring up discord and strife over something that has already been settled by the main people involved.

    Lord help us to keep our eyes on Jesus and not get involved in situations that are not ours to handle. Vengenance is mine saith the Lord, and He is big enough to handle everything, and does not need our help.

  31. 36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.

    People are taking notice to see what christians are doing. We are being watched, so it is important to watch what you do.

  32. 33 And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth?

    34 Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet put into fetters: as a man falleth before wicked men, so fellest thou. And all the people wept again over him.

    In the words of David Abner died like a fool. Nothing made Abner step up to the gate no one could have really influenced him to do that if he really didn’t want to, But he gave in to the curiosity that he had and decided it was worth the risk. Unfortunately it cost him his life….

  33. Abner took matters into his own hands-and his life-when he took Saul’s concubine, then declared his authority over Saul’s sin. He proceeded to walk over others -expecting it to be gain-but things didn’t turn out like Abner expected. He thought if David accepted his wheeling & dealing, then everything was good! However, there was a debt for a muder and he didn’t see his payday coming. The wages of sin is death and Abner paid even though he was a prince and a great man. Now Joab and his brother have taken things into their hands and have a payday coming.

  34. This chapter illustrates nobility. “And David said to Joab, and to all the people that were with him, Rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner. And king David himself followed the bier.” We must all look in the mirror and ask ourselves, do we also do as we say. David did the same as he himself ruled, Pastor does the same as he himself leads, and Jesus did and continues to do more today than any of us could ever do. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  35. 27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the fifth rib, that he died, for the blood

    You can’t deal with the enemy. He will slay you.

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