2 Samuel 4

2 Samuel 4 has a couple of sons of Rimmon named Baanah and Rechab who decided to take things into their own hands and destroy David’s enemy – Saul’s son Ish-bosheth who was the king of the northern kingdom.  These two goons headed to the house of Ish-bosheth while he was taking his midday siesta and “they came into the midst of the house as if to get wheat”.  These two were leaders of raiding bands of outlaws that were attacking people and taking their stuff, and now they decide to get into the political arena since Abner is dead.

Rechab and Baanah “struck him and put him to death and beheaded him”.  While he was taking a noon time nap, Ish-bosheth is killed.  They take his head and escape and bring it to David who is at Hebron.  David was a warrior and has been in battle many times and killed many people. But he isn’t into violating authority, especially if it is granted from God.  You’ll recall he twice did not kill Saul when he had a chance, and when Saul was killed and the messenger who came and proclaimed his death admitted he had finished the job, David killed the messenger.

Now Rechab and Baanah come with Saul’s head and say “Here is the head of Ish-bosheth, the son of Saul, your enemy, who sought your life. The Lord has avenged my lord the king this day on Saul and on his offspring”.  You’d sort of expect a happy dance from David – after all, his enemy has been removed and yet another issue with him becoming king of all of Israel has been removed.  But David, however, does not respond in that way.  In fact, he reminds the brothers of what happened to the last guy who did this.

And David orders his young men to take action and they “killed them and cut off their hands and feet and hanged them beside the pool at Hebron”.  Then David shows respect to his enemy – Ish-bosheth and buried him in the tomb with Abner.  David makes it clear that the Lord is the one who has redeemed his life out of every adversity.  He doesn’t need the help of men to do what God will take care of in His time.  It is an important lesson for us to learn.  God doesn’t need our help unless He tells us what to do.  He will equip us and lead us when we need to take action.  But it is not our place to take His place and do things our way while claiming them to be His.

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