Archive for March 30th, 2015

2 Samuel 2

2 Samuel 2 has David asking the Lord what to do and he is told to head to Hebron where “they anointed David king over the house of Judah”.  Out with the dead king and in with the live one.  At least for the tribe of Judah.  David finds out “it was the men of Jabesh-gilead who buried Saul….David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead and said to them….May you be blessed by the Lord, because you showed this loyalty to Saul your lord and buried him”.  David is pleased with their actions.

Meanwhile, back at the other tribes, “ Abner….commander of Saul’s army, took Ish-bosheth the son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim, and he made him king over Gilead and the Ashurites and Jezreel and Ephraim and Benjamin and all Israel”.  There was no way Abner was giving up the power he was used to under Saul’s reign.  So he decides to put his own king in place so he can remain the big man in town.  But “the house of Judah followed David” and now we have two kings and split kingdoms.

This isn’t sitting well with some of David’s men, so they decide to meet up with Abner and his goons and have a discussion.  They have some fighting competition – a sort of cage fighting with death being the final outcome – and “Abner and the men of Israel were beaten before the servants of David”.  Abner takes off and flees and Ashahel takes after him.  Abner warns Ashahel to stop pursuing but he refuses so Abner kills him by driving his spear into and through his stomach.  Then the other brothers pursue.

Abner finally reaches the safety of his people “and the people of Benjamin gathered themselves together behind Abner and became one group and took their stand on the top of a hill”.  He then challenges Joab, who is leading the pursuit, to call off his men saying “shall the sword devour forever”.  It was time to stop the fighting and get on with life and facing their real enemies.  So Joab blows his horn and calls off the troops.  That day 20 of David’s men died while 360 died on Abner’s side.  But they stopped the fighting and all went home.

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