2 Samuel Chapter 4

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2 Samuel 4

1 And when Saul’s son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.

And Saul’s son had two men that were captains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (for Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin.

And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were sojourners there until this day.)

And Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.

And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, who lay on a bed at noon.

And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.

For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night.

And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; and theLord hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.

And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto them, As theLord liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity,

10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings:

11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?

12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.

35 thoughts on “2 Samuel Chapter 4

  1. Where’s Your Covering?

    Lets recap Jonathan/David’s 2nd coventant is…1 Sa 20:14And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the kindness of the LORD, that I die not: 15But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house for ever: no, not when the LORD hath cut off the enemies of David every one from the face of the earth. 16So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, Let the LORD even require it at the hand of David’s enemies. 17And Jonathan caused David to swear again,

    Saul called for pact for protection in.. 1 Sam 24:20 “And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand. 21Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father’s house. 22And David sware unto Saul. ”

    Lord honors this pact made before men, and allows Saul, Jonathan and his son Ish-Boseth’s death. These events are all dominos leading up to David’s full out reign, however the death of these men are nothing to be celebrated about. David’s hands are absolutely clean from any accusation of foul play to any of these mens deaths. Though he is still held accountable to show kindness to the house of Saul which he will soon hold up the water on. Its like-Christ to allow His events to fall into place before moving forward, and we can see this characteristic in David, and like David our enemies will perish at anothers hands. Protection/Covering is important (Ps 86:2), its infinitly more important to trust that hedge comes from the Lord (ex Job 1:10). Ish-Bosheth was vulnerable beecause he lacks that hedge David posesses, this causes his people to lose courage/faith in him as a leader. Ish-Bosheths 2 men killed him as he was sleeping because they feared being over taken by David as his stregnth grew. Little did they know this was going lead to their own demise. “11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?” Our covenant/ NT promises are given for us to keep us under His covering and protection.

  2. Bridge Over Troubled Waters

    Mesphibosheth is Jonathan’s son, Saul’s grandson, and soon to be one of the only links to them. At only 5 yrs of age his grandpa and father are killed. Since a new king often kills anyone with claim to the throne, Mephibosheth’s nurse flees with the boy, but he is injured as they run and beomes crippled. Royalty doesnt blend in easily. They are well known public figures subject to both the highs and the lows of political favor. Stripped of all his posessions and personal history he was forced to live the lifestyle of a refugee, hiding from public few for years. He was a man who must have suffered much- physically, emotionally, materially, and spiritually. He isnt mentioned agian until David seeks a way to honor his late friend Jonathan (2 Sa 9:3-7). We even find remarkably content and spiritually health person- thanks to his nurse. (Its really unortuante Scripture doesn’t record her name). She must have provided continuity, saftey and faith in turbulent times, and he was a fortunate man to have God watching over him with the placement of such an extrodinary women. His nurse had given him the tools to live the life God gave him with both dignity and thankfulness. He was disabled, but he walked far taller than most men. We have the power to do the same for the ones we love. Life is full of hardships and struggle, but God also offers in it joy and peace. Love for God’s simple gifts- it bonds us to the reality of a living God who loves us even in the midst of our suffering.

    When David learns that Jonathan’s son is still alive, he gives Mephibosheth everything that once belonged to Saul’s family, including the honor of sitting at the kings table. David care is an example of faithfully keeping our promises made to one another (1 Sa 20:12-15,42) and a picture of the beauty of long lasting friendships. Even better is God watching David’s back to make sure that the promises he made to both Saul and Jonathan were deligently kept, because it looks like he had overlooked it for a few years.

  3. vs 4 When we attempt to bring someone to the saving grace of Jesus Christ, we should be careful not to hurt them in our zeal for their attaining of salvation. Like this nurse who in her haste caused the lad to fall and become lame, we can cripple someone else’s walk with the Lord if we are not kind, compassionate and wise.

  4. NEVER ASSUME:

    8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; and theLord hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.

    You can’t assume you are doing the will of God, you must make sure, HOW? Speak with Him every moment of your life. I can assure you that if they would of gone to David and told David their plan, he would of rebuke them and warned them that those were not his wishes. In the same way, we must make sure we are aligned with God wishes and the vision of our Pastor. When you have an idea, let it be for outreach, or fund raising, or to help your ministry, sit with our Pastor or his wife, share your idea, NEVER take action without authorization, that is a sure way to kill your own dreams for your ministry. Yes is ok to take some initiatives but there is no shame in consulting, with aligning yourself with what God and our Pastor has planned for our church. Decisions made in haste are hardly ever the correct ones.

  5. i love to eat breakfast with Jesus

    The shield rested on the back of Abner

    While Abner was alive, Ishbosheth had protection…because everyone was afraid of him, but as soon as he died the shield of protection disappeared.

  6. NOT IMPRESSED

    8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; and theLord hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.
    9 And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto them, As theLord liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity,
    10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings:
    11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?

    The young men thinking to be doing a good thing, failed to consider the fact of the battle was already over.

    It is amazing how many people show up to help after the battle is over.

    Get FULLY ENGAGED now in the iWork of the LORD! Do not kill innocent people in an attempt to impress man.

    Killing men with our tongue to impress a leader and get a promotion may cause you to be cut OFF.

    iPray

  7. Abner’s death weakened the kingdom of ishbosheth still further as soon as the army had lost its powerful leader, tow rebels rose up baanah and rechab and assassinated the king . They were able to do this by entering the house while the king was taking his siesta no good.

  8. Again, this chapter reiterates my comments from Chapter 3. They took matters that had already been settled by King David into their own hands and did what they thought was right in their own eyes, without asking guidance and wisdom from King.

    Every decision we make should be made with direction from our King. If Jesus wouldn’t do it, neither should we.

  9. Once again, another scripture packed with war & drama. The struggle for power, kind of reminds us of the current struggles for power in this day and age. But, this was a struggle of current leaders annoited/picked by God. Get this, if you think that God has problems with his own kids, don’t you think your going to have problems with yours. These men were chosen to be kings, by God. The one’s today aren’t chosen by God, and just think of all the conflicts, wars, murder, lying, cheating, theft, immorale behavior. We even have Pastors who also aren’t annoited by God, and their will be a serious penalty for this in the near future. Somebody will be responsible for these wounded sheep out there, and we need to help bring them back some how.

    I thank God for Pastor Watts, he is definately annoited and appointed. He has a deep passion for his flock, and for our community. You have seen his heart on several occassions. He is a Prayer Warrior….he cares for the lost, hurting, and the poor. He is a Modern Day Samaritan example, as well as many other noble areas.

    >>>Be Church<<<……iwork…iwork…a lot….imissu…..

  10. The beginning of this chapter talks about paralyzing fear as verse 1 in the NLT reads….”When Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, heard about Abner’s death at Hebron, he lost all courage, and all Israel became paralyzed with fear.” We can not allow ourselves to become paralyzed with fear for several reasons:

    1) The Lord does not give us the spirit of fear;
    2) Your fall could cause others to fall

    When we are feeling vulnerable, weak, and have lost all courage is when we must remember who are King is! The Almighty God who created all things can also fix all things, restore all things and strengthen you beyond what you once were. Even if we don’t realize it, you could be the light that someone is following whether it be your kids, your spouse, family members, friends, etc. If our light goes out, not only will you find yourself in darkness; but, others will be lost also. As Pastor preached last night, we have to make it “PERSONAL”…….this is our family, our friends, our neighbors, our kids….we have to stand firm in Jesus (keep that light shining) for ourselves and them!

  11. v9 And David answered….”. “and said unto the them , As the LORD liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity .

    David gave GOD all the Glory! He realized that the LORD was the one who redeemed his soul
    from “ALL” his enemies, and not these wicked men.
    Don’t be deceived the enemy is never for you.
    LORD teach us to spiritually discern and not reject your body.
    For without a teachable spirit we’ll never be a dedicated Christian.
    “Try the spirit to see if they are of GOD”
    1 John 4:1
    Thank GOD for the revelation that comes through scriptures.HIS WORD will make you
    different and the enemy ( this world) hates you for it . But JESUS said,” My Kingdom is not of this world.” John 18:36
    Be Filled With HIS SPIRIT Today

  12. v11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? Shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?
    Our KING JESUS Means What HE Says:
    We shall reap what we sow.

    The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.
    As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
    Proverbs 11:18-19

    Prov.1:16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
    Prov.1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

    Prov.1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold,
    I will pour out my spirit unto,I will make known my words unto you.
    iPray for wisdom

  13. ILove to eat lunch with Jesus

    And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish–bosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron. (2 Samuel 4:12 KJV)

    Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? (Matthew 18:7-12 KJV)

    If your hand offend you, CUT IT OFF

    IF YOUR EYES STARE AT PAGAN GIRLS…PLUCK THEM OUT…IF YOUR FAT TONGUE WON’T BE QUITE… CUT IT OUT

    • Also notice where he burried the head of Ishbosheth…WITH ABNER…proving the warrior who had defended him all those years was faithful (in his own crazy man of war self.)

  14. And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ish–bosheth, who lay on a bed at noon. And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped. For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night. (2 Samuel 4:5-7 KJV)

    We read that the enemy came in like a coward when Ish-bosheth was most vulnerable 1. When there was no protection 2. In the heat of the day and 3. While resting.

    We can see first hand some of Satan’s favorite cowardly tactics. The first one is called isolation. Ish-bosheth no longer had his protection/covering of Abner.
    The enemy loves when we are out from the covering of our Leaders especially Pastor. When you isolate yourself from your protection is when you may begin to have thoughts/attitudes like ” no one cares about me” or ” I don’t need them. I can make it on my own.” or ” how dare them talk/do that to me. It could have been handled differently.” This is the time we need to stay under the covering of Protection. And not allow negative voices to speak against leadership. And do not allow those who encourage you to isolate yourself from the body of Christ.

    The second tactic is to attack at the peak and heated part of the battle. The Word states that it was about the heat of the day when Rechab and Baanah came to him. The enemy wants to wear you out and at your weakest point attack.

    And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galatians 6:9 KJV)

    But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)

    The third tactic is to have you spiritually let your guard down and lull you to sleep. The Word states they found him asleep. It’s important that we stay connect and in tuned with the Spirit. We need to be prayed up so we can be filled the Holy Ghost. It’s the Holy Ghost that reveals things to come.

    Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (John 16:13 KJV)

    And finally the end of these verses states that they smite him, slew him and beheaded him and took off with his head. Reality must set in that the enemy hates the children of the King. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 KJV) We find that abundant life has we stay covered and protected by our Pastor and leadership, as we wait upon the Lord, and being filled with the Holy Ghost.

  15. These men who killed Ishbosheth were doing it to gain favor in the kingdom. God knows the heart. It is not wise to keep people close who are willing to do whatever it takes to gain advantage, even if it means taking others out.

  16. Be sure your sin will find you out. These men thought they were literally getting away with murder but when facing the anointed king there evil was brought to light. We may think we are helping someone by hurting others but when we face the truth our righteousness is as filthy rags. We need Gods righteousness not self.

  17. 8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; and theLord hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.
    9 And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto them, As theLord liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity,

    Again we see that David, is not a vengeful person, in fact he leaves the vengance part to Jesus. Many times as people having grown up in a world, where we constantly see that it is dog eat dog, kill or be killed, but in fact that is a lie from the pits of Hell. The word tells us that God said vengance is mine, so why are we taught to seek it. We must unlearn this stinkin’ thinkin’ and stick to the kingdom principals, where we do not come against authority, and where we are not out seeking revenge…

  18. David again is like Pastor , He doesn’t like suprises

    You might want to ask the boss what you could do to get a raise instead of doing something stupid in his eyes and getting fired.

    These guys thought they were doing something that would impress the King but instead he completly dishonored there work.

    Again David is showing that Great men and cowards don’t really get along.

    Looks like the coward reaped what he sewed.

  19. These men thought they were doing gd and pleasing david bt what they found out was that they should had asked God what if anything they should do. As Gods children He wants us to nring everything we want to do or everything we face to Him and adk for His guidence

  20. 8. And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life;
    and the Lord hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.

    The Lord didn’t have anything to do with it. We should be careful about saying the Lord has done something when actually we did it for ourselves and then tried to bring HIM in on it…we just might end up with our hands and feet “hanging out” over a pool

    be careful little hands what you do,
    be careful little feet where you go…

  21. 4 And Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.

    I’m not an english scholar, but when I read this verse I understand that when Jonathan’s son fell and became lame, his name became Mephibosheth, which means Son of shame. That is not the name that he was born with or that he is remembered as in the chronicals of the kings. The name he was born with was Merib-Baal or Opponent of Baal. But bad tidings have come upon him, his family has fallen from grace and he has to hide.

    How many people do we know that have fallen from, opponent of Satan to son of shame? I’m glad things are going to change for Mephibosheth

  22. Our actions will effect our family. David respected Sauls annointing and extended mercy upon his family because of that annointing. Therefore he punished those that did not respect the annointing. We are covered by the grace and mercy of God but sin allows a crack in our armor. A small opening is all the devil needs to strike at our families.

  23. Talk about making the wrong decision. The two young who thought they were doing something good, ended up at the other end of the sword. It’s important to talk to God before making decisions. God has never led anyone astray and all we have to is ask and listen.

  24. We have all been slained with unkind words, actions from family/friends. We are going to be judged for every word that we spoke, typed or thought
    when we stand before God on judgement day. It rains on the just and unjust alike, we are not separted from having our share of tempation and being talked about. God will see how we handle the situation and if we pass the test we don’t have to go thru it again. So be careful with your actions cause you never know who is watching you and following you.

  25. 6 And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.

    7 For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night.

    What a cowardly act . For sure they had no fear of God and took the life of another hoping to receive a reward. We should know that there are no blessings in slaying the character of people in order to establish a place in the kingdom.

  26. 10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings:

    11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?

    Once again here we see were someone thought that they would receive some praises from David for taking the life of another man. Instead he received Davids wrath! He would not tolerate anyone who would kill another no matter who it was. So we see our second case of Davids men killing the one who committed this sin.

  27. David wasnt pleased that johnathan’s son killed an anointed man. David knew that blood would be on this man hands johnathan son went bragging to david for what he did while david was thiking of ways to kill this man for what he did slaying the annointed . Dont touch God’s annointed.

  28. 11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?

    What makes these people think that David will not kill them for them killing someone else? They must either not know what is happening (very unlikely), or they thought that everyone else’s rules don’t apply to them. PRIDE comes before a distruction and a hauty spirit before a fall. I guess when you are killed that is a fall you don’t get up from.

  29. ilove to eat a midnight snack with Jesus

    Ribs for Dinner Anyone?

    6 And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.

    There’s much too much talk of ribs around here…But there is a note worthy story of ribs yet to come…and this one brings deliverance…

    (John 19:34) But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

  30. 6 And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.

    Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die. Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men? A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise. A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. (Proverbs 15:10-13 KJV)

    Striking under the fifth rib means going for someone’s heart. Breaking into the Hebrew of Pro 15:13, sorrow means: pain, hurt, injury, sorrow, wound; so by “wounding, injury, hurt of the heart the spirit is broken.”

    Just as physical wounding of the heart can cause death, we too can inflict great spiritual and emotional damage by wounding someone’s heart. The passage in Proverbs seems to refer to the breaking of spirit as being from an act of rebuke/teaching/exhortation, as from the Lord or a wise person or reprover, such that by sorrow of the correction, the proudness of the spirit would be broken and the wrong would be repented of.

    However, trying correct/help/guide/teach in a way inconsistent with God’s will and manner of doing so can cause a wound in another that does not lead to repentance (there may not have even truly been something to repent of…) but to brokenness, and even perhaps “lameness” of spirit.

    The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? (Proverbs 18:14 KJV)

    We are wise to check ourselves and make sure we have pure motives before intervening and be sensitive not only to the presence of an issue but the needs of the individual(s) involved, the current opportunity (or lack thereof) for saying/doing something, and whether God has allowed us to see it for the sake of acting directly in the situation or simply for prayer concerning it (as well as how and when He wants us to act /speak if that’s His desire.)

    A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. (Proverbs 25:11 KJV)

  31. This chapter reminds me of that saying “you always have to have the last word” but in this case it was more than just words. We don’t need to have the last anything, God is in control. He has your back in any situation, we just have to learn to step aside and let him work.

  32. I can see where the Islamic people get there traditions today. Sometimes I think Israel has become to liberal in their thinking.{not that I approve of the harshness of Islam}

  33. 12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.

    They honoured there fallen by buring the head of Ishbosheth. We must honor those that have fallen for our country and those in the spiritual fight too.

  34. This chapter illustrates honor. “How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?” David was humble before God and he was a true leader; for he faced his adversaries. We must also do the same, for we have nothing to fear (trials/temptations) as long as we are right before the Lord. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

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