2 Samuel 2:1-17

Hand-to-HandDavid Anointed King Over Judah

In the course of time, David inquired of the Lord. “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked. The Lord said, “Go up.” David asked, “Where shall I go?” “To Hebron,” the Lord answered.

So David went up there with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. David also took the men who were with him, each with his family, and they settled in Hebron and its towns. Then the men of Judah came to Hebron, and there they anointed David king over the tribe of Judah.

When David was told that it was the men from Jabesh Gilead who had buried Saul, he sent messengers to them to say to them, “The Lord bless you for showing this kindness to Saul your master by burying him. May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this. Now then, be strong and brave, for Saul your master is dead, and the people of Judah have anointed me king over them.”  8 Meanwhile, Abner son of Ner, the commander of Saul’s army, had taken Ish-Bosheth son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim. He made him king over Gilead, Ashuri and Jezreel, and also over Ephraim, Benjamin and all Israel.

10 Ish-Bosheth son of Saul was forty years old when he became king over Israel, and he reigned two years. The tribe of Judah, however, remained loyal to David. 11 The length of time David was king in Hebron over Judah was seven years and six months.

12 Abner son of Ner, together with the men of Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, left Mahanaim and went to Gibeon. 13 Joab son of Zeruiah and David’s men went out and met them at the pool of Gibeon. One group sat down on one side of the pool and one group on the other side.

14 Then Abner said to Joab, “Let’s have some of the young men get up and fight hand to hand in front of us.” “All right, let them do it,” Joab said.

15 So they stood up and were counted off—twelve men for Benjamin and Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, and twelve for David.16 Then each man grabbed his opponent by the head and thrust his dagger into his opponent’s side, and they fell down together. So that place in Gibeon was called Helkath Hazzurim. 17 The battle that day was very fierce, and Abner and the Israelites were defeated by David’s men.

My Thoughts

It is good to see David enquiring of the Lord again; he listens to God and moves from Ziklag to Hebron in Judah.  David does not come in and take the throne, he is appointed by the people of Judah who have faith in him.  On the other side we see Abner (Saul’s commander) take Saul’s son and makes him king over the rest of Israel.  This Abner is the same man that pursued David all over the country trying to kill David while Saul was still alive.  This is the same Abner that would have heard Saul speak these words, “…May the Lord reward you (David) well for the way you treated me today.   I know that you will surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands.  Now swear to me by the Lord that you will not kill off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father’s family … So David gave his oath to Saul

There will always be people who don’t like you – people who oppose you and the purpose that God has set before you.  In this case it is Abner and his conflict with David just leads to bloodshed and strife.  We will never be able to please all the people around us, people will disagree by the shear nature that everybody has been created differently.  How we respond to those who disagree with us is something we have control over.  In this case David is the rightful King of Israel through the anointing of Samuel.  David knows this and has a right to make a claim on that throne but I am not sure that killing innocent men is the way to do it.  If God proclaims that David will be king then our responsibility is not to give God a hand because we think He may need some help.  Our role is to have faith… to believe that God will enable what He has proclaimed.  Our job today is to draw close to God to allow His wisdom, His strength and His will to influence the way we live our lives.  Have a great day.

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