2 Samuel 3

2 Samuel 3 tells us there is a long war going on between Saul’s people and David’s people.  It is the feud that just won’t end.  But “David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker”.  The power is shifting and David is gaining strength.  But with power comes all sorts of bad behavior.  David is busy having sons with his wives during this time, and has a number of sons at Hebron, all with different wives.  But he still longs for Michal, Saul’s daughter who was his first love.

Back in Saul’s people’s camp, there is a power struggle because Saul’s son and Abner, the head of the military.  Seems Abner decided to help himself to one of Saul’s women and gets called out on it.  But Abner is indignant and believes it is at his discretion to enjoy those fruits.  So he threatens to allow the people of Israel to join Judah in following David as king.  He asks David for a meeting and they get together to talk about the possibility and what is necessary for that to happen.

David has one main objective – to get Michal his wife back.  They come to agreement and Abner heads off to put the plan into motion.  Meanwhile Joab and his buddies return from ravaging some of the neighboring enemies and finds out that Abner has not only been with David but there is an agreement in place.  This looks bad for him from a power position, so he asks David to call him back so they can find out if it is a setup or what deception is behind it.  When he returns, Joab and Abishai kill Abner in revenge for their brothers death .

David is not happy.  In fact, he “lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner, and all the people wept”.  David knew this was a mistaken action.  He fasts and mourns until the sun goes down.  “And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them, as everything that the king did pleased all the people”.  Leadership means taking responsibility for the actions of your people.  David didn’t condone what Joab did, in fact he had no idea that was their plan, but the outcome was his and he made it clear “it had not been the king’s will to put to death Abner”.  David was gentle and made all aware that a great man had fallen.

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