Abner rebels against God by establishing Ish-bosheth as king over Israel –

 2 Samuel 2:8-1110 Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, was forty years old when he became king over Israel, and he was king for two years. The house of Judah, however, followed David. 

Though Judah recognizes David as king, Israel makes Saul’s son Ish-bosheth their king. “The house of Judah, however, followed David” [2 Samuel 2:10b]. This passage is an example of the resistance of the world to the rule and reign of God, and the terrible effects of such rebellion. David was God’s anointed king, and as such he represented God’s rule and reign over the whole kingdom of Israel.

Instead of submitting to this rule, however, Abner attempts to take matters into his own hands and continue Saul’s kingdom through Saul’s son Ish-bosheth. The name Ish-bosheth literally means “man of shame,” and that is exactly how his illegitimate rule ends overthrown by Abner since he only reigns for two years [2 Samuel 2:10a]. May we not follow Saul and Ish-boseth in rebellion against the Lord; rather, may we submit to God in humble obedience and experience the joy of our salvation that such obedience provides!

  • What negative consequences of sin have you experienced in your life?
  • Spend some time today confessing to God any ways that you have rebelled against Him lately. Then spend some time in thanksgiving, expressing your gratitude for the forgiveness and redemption that is yours through Jesus.

Henry Luke 6/12/2018

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple others click here.

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