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.

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

3 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;

4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital;

5 And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah David’s wife. These were born to David in Hebron.

6 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.

7 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?

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 Lord hath 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.

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47 thoughts on “2 Samuel Chapter 3

  1. The beginning of this chapter is captioned “The House of David Strengthened”, I see “The House of POFW Strengthened” as we grow steadily stronger in unity. By the end of the chapter, David is mourning the death of Abner. This reminded me of how we too should feel the mourning or be concerned with the spiritual death of anyone within the body. If one person is hurting, falling back, or going through something; it is our job to lift them up and help them as we are one body.

  2. 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.

  3. 36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.

  4. 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.

    God’s children grow stronger in His strength.

  5. 2 Samuel 3:38-39 (KJV Strong’s)
    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.

    David did not use his privileged status as an excuse for pride. He had all at his disposal but knew he still had to do the right thing.

    Leadership is doing the right thing even when you could take advantage of your situation and do what you want.

    David chose to mourn, lament, and honor Abner from the house of Saul. Although Abner had done many shady things David was going to let God handle all that.

  6. 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.

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

    In other words, if you’ve killed a man’s brother, don’t let him take you aside for a “quiet meeting.”

  7. Revenge

    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?

    Is seeking revenge the way to feel better about a bad situation? Our family, friends and people who are the closest to us are the most likely to hurt us. Often, we feel good during the act of revenge, but afterwards, we feel as though we have sunk to a new low. It is best to forgive rather than seek revenge on someone who has hurt us. Sometimes, we have to do something to make ourselves feel better. Sometimes we have been hurt so badly, that all we can think about is how we are going to settle the score and make things right. While the taste of revenge is wonderful, the aftertaste is bitter. So, take some time and try to get you over the initial shock. It is important to calm down so that we can think rationally.

    Someday, we’ll forget the hurt, the reason we cried and who caused us pain. We will finally realize that the secret of being free is not revenge, but letting things unfold in their own way and own time. After all, what matters is not the first, but the last chapter of our life which shows how well we ran the race.

  8. 2 Samuel 3:35 Tthen they all came and urged David to eat something while it was still da but David took an oath saying may God deal with me be it ever so severely if I take bread or anything else before the sun sets! All the people take note and were pleased indeed everything the king did pleased them. So on that day all people there and all Israel knew that the king had no part in the murder of Abner son of Ner.

  9. “And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭3:36‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Sometimes leaders that have position go against the Shepard over the flock and do wicked things for their own desire. Wickedness.

  10. 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

    The question was did Abner diie as a fool?
    The brethren wanted revenge for what he had done.
    Abner made some wrong choices and then the revenge of those he hurt caught up with him.

    Abner could have been a strong leader he could have set peace in order instead of causes so much chaos in trying to turn everyone against what was ordained by God.

    We gave to stay close first to God, this world is in chaos and if we allow it it will take a ho,d of our thoughts first then our ways, we cannot live too close to it kept we due a spiritual death as a fool. Abner was not even bound he cou,d have ran yet he walked right into his own death. Guard your hearts guard your thoughts and don’t due a spiritual death because of what is going on around you.

  11. 39 And even though I am the anointed king, these two sons of Zeruiah—Joab and Abishai—are too strong for me to control. So may the Lord repay these evil men for their evil deeds.” (NLT)

    At some point we have to learn to trust God. Sometimes situations may get out of hand and its at that point God is waiting to see how we handle ourselves and the situation. Do we try to grab the reigns again or step back and allow God to have His way?

  12. 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.

  13. iLove to Grow in the Word

    “Abner was furious. “Am I some Judean dog to be kicked around like this?” he shouted. “After all I have done for your father, Saul, and his family and friends by not handing you over to David, is this my reward—that you find fault with me about this woman?”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭3:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    Accusations can cost us dearly. In stead of accusing Abner of the wickedness, it would have been better to ask a simple question. Destiny however was still on the side of David.

  14. 36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.

  15. 2 Samuel 3:39, “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 tho his wickedness.”

    There are going to arise situations in our lives that are “too hard for us” to handle. So, Let God Deal With It!

  16. 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.

    Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart(Psalm 37:4)
    For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matt 7:8

    What are you desiring??? Jesus is an amazing God that is willing to give us what we desire and ask for, BUT are we willing to accept it when he gives it to us. Dream Big and let Jesus be in control. Hallelujah!

  17. 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.

    David had the favor and blessing of the Lord upon he and his household, therefore his influence grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul ruled by one of Sauls’ sons grew weaker and weaker and as time went on his influence failed so much that even one of his leader changed sides and joined with David.

    There is a daily battle in all of us between flesh and spirit. If we will maintain the disciplines of a Godly lifestyle and live consistently by Godly principles our influence will continue to grow stronger and stronger, and the deeds of the flesh and wordily influence around us will grow weaker and weaker.

  18. 36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.
    David was blessed with favor so that when he made decisions it pleased the people. God blesses leaders to have favor so if they please God. That way His work will always be accomplished.

  19. A KINGS HEART

    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.

    GOD called and sent Pastors can relate to this passage clearer than most others. Due to the nature of our calling from and by the LORD JESUS. Pastors understand the Kingdom is GODs and we are stewards of HIS flock. David identified Abner as “a prince and a great man”.

    Painful is the tragedy of fallen men and women who risk their future for a moment of gratification or satisfaction. Counsel and Choices may have prevented this horrific tragedy. David grieved deeply over the loss of this one man, as Pastors grieve deeply over the loss of one faithful saint.

    POFW family, please know and understand, Sis. Watts and I love you deeply and pray for you fervently to refrain from battles that we are not prepared for. May JESUS help us walk in the favor and anointing that HE has established and ordained for us.

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  20. 36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

    God is good all the time.

  23. Grow
    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.

    In this verse we see the fruit of pride and the fruit of meekness and humility. Pride will grow one weaker and weaker. The scary thing is that God showed me a long time ago that a lack of focus will lead to prideful. Hearts.

    Pride takes our focus off God and onto self with will lead us to no longer desire Him, His Word, or His plan to transform us into His image and likeness.

    Yet humility and meekness keep our focus on God because it’s all because of Him. It weakens the spirit of self righteousness and strengthens the power of God to be active in our lives.

    Lord, I need You and thank You for who You are. My life would be a total mess without 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.

    No matter our position, our anointing, our favor with God, there are situations and trials in our lives that must be turned over to God to resolve. David says he is weak, but in his weakness, God is strong. The same for us. We have to give many things to God because we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, we wrestle with spiritual wickedness in high places. And through my God, I win.

  25. 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?
    Abner died as fool what an example not to be.

  26. “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.” The word of God (Jesus) was very clear. David’s actions, reverenced God; whereas Saul actions, reverenced self. Dear God, help us (me) that our (my) ways may please you, in Jesus name. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  27. “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.” Our actions have consequences, which we must all be mindful of. It is often times better to seek the Lord and walk away, then it is too act and regret. God help us learn to seek you first, in Jesus name.

  28. 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.

    Grow strong in the lord

  29. 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.

    At this point I think that Joab was more concerned over the death of his brother than anything else, a lot of times I tend to worry about the wrong thing and get my self in trouble. I have a tendency to try and handle things myself! I believe David knew that Joab was on his way there and he knew what the out come would be, and because of the respect he had in his heart for Jonathan and Saul he wasn’t going to let that take place, Joab also knew that David wouldn’t allow him to kill Abner so thats the reason why he snuck and killed him! Whats done in the dark will surely come to the light.

  30. 26Joab then left David and sent messengers to catch up with Abner, asking him to return. They found him at the well of Sirah and brought him back, though David knew nothing about it.

    David did not know what was happening. This applies to us also. We do things thinking others won’t know, but realize that God is watching your every move.

  31. Anything you do will be found out so why put yourself through the worry of being found out and go with the truth

  32. 36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.

    There comes a point in time when all the people (the body) go through individual trials and don’t see eye to eye with either the king (God) or the pastor. Both are in our lives for a reason to help. Once we all realize that and join in unity there will be peace and so much more.

  33. 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.

  34. Even family can’t protect you if you are uncovered.

    Joab and Abishai reacted out of anger and bitterness toward Abner, taking his life for the sake of their brother. However they stepped out from under their leadership, out of the covering of their head, and their family suffered from it. David declares that his and all Israel hands are clean of abners death and pronounces a curse on joab and all his fathers house. In their time of grief David declares
    2 Samuel 3:39
    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.

    Zeruiah is joab, Abishai, and asahels mother, King David’s sister. Maybe they were given a place under David because they were family but even being family can’t save you from uncovering yourself. David declared they were too stubborn for him, he took his hands off of them letting them serve out the consequences.

  35. 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.

    A leader will lead himslef first and lead by example.

  36. Abner King Saul’s cousin obtains for Saul’s successor, Ish-Bosheth, the allegiance of all the tribes of Israel but Judah. 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 Israel to him. Then Joab, David’s general kills him Abner. David knows his death will look bad on him like we was eliminating an opponent. To prove that he had no involvement of his death he reprimands Joab. As he washes his hands clean of his death he heaps curses upon Joab and his family. David’s respect of Abner attracts the loyalty of the people. When we look to God first instead of take matters into our own hands to deal with our enemies, and honor those who have opposed us, our good character will be recognized and respected.

  37. 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:

    Joab sought to take the life of the man that took his bothers. Life for a life; here’s the thing though. It clearly states in the commandments thou shalt not kill, but it also says an eye for an eye. Even though David found out about Joab killing Abner; was Joab right in taking Abner’s life for him taking his brothers. Often times I feel that a spiritual separation occurs within me. Like a storm ready to just burst out. My mind is in constant battle from spiritual and worldly things. I struggle daily to stay on track; it just gets tough with all the things going on in the world. I thank GOD every day for making me who I am. I never would be where I am if I had tried to do it on my own. I would have been Abner spiritually.

    Thank you Jesus…….Amen!!!

  38. 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.

    The Lord is giving me the strength to do this tonight. So I believe that joab did not need to kill Abner that day in my opinion so Abner should have stayed alive until the Lord wanted Abner to die.

  39. 2 Samuel 3:36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.

    David took it upon himself to honor Abner, the faithful servant, and General of Sauls army. Abner was looked down upon after Sauls death. Saúl was dispised but Abner was his faithful servant. Even thou he went against David at times, David knew he did because he was loyal to his King.

    What do our leaders do for us? Are you leading faithful in the kingdom that worthy for God to take notice? Never do anything with the intent to please man but do it to give God all honor. He will honor his faithful servants.

  40. More politics. More favor for David.

    David responds to adversity with humility. He proves his innocence with his mourning. If only we could have this same character in our politicians. We would be much better off.

  41. David’s family name and the position and mother matter . It’s important to know where you came from as the family name and position are dependent to where you belong . Give God the glory for David’s peaceful way of thinking, it’s a choice to keep the family name.

  42. “Joab left David and went into action. He sent messengers after Abner; they caught up with him at the well at Sirah and brought him back. David knew nothing of all this. When Abner got back to Hebron, Joab steered him aside at the gate for a personal word with him. There he stabbed him in the belly, killed him in cold blood for the murder of his brother Asahel.

    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.)

    David ordered Joab and all the men under him, “Rip your cloaks into rags! Wear mourning clothes! Lead Abner’s funeral procession with loud lament!” King David followed the coffin. They buried Abner in Hebron. The king’s voice was loud in lament as he wept at the side of Abner’s grave. All the people wept, too.”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭3:26-32‬ ‭MSG‬‬

    An innocent life was ended but didn’t get over looked. This could be compared to our modern day. Innocent lives are ending but God sees all. I also feel it’s time for the Church to rise up. We need to war in the spirit. Live by Eph 6:12 because God’s Kingdom Matters.

    “Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals. Stay clear of these people.

    But don’t let it faze you. Stick with what you learned and believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers—why, you took in the sacred Scriptures with your mother’s milk! There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.”
    ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:1-5, 14-17‬ ‭MSG‬‬

    “For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭AMP‬‬

  43. 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.

  44. The uncovered

    This chapter takes us through the mind of revenge.
    Joab took matters into his own hands without consulting David. Now there is a big mess. Joan killed Abner that had just basically ended the war and surrendered to David. We make grave mistakes when we do things uncovered. Being submitted and covered come hand and hand, you can’t have one without the other. The covering allows you the same athourity as you leader but being uncovered allows the enemy to have you to himself. This is what happened to Joab. He couldn’t fight the real enemy because he rally didn’t understand who it was

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