The kingdom of Israel was split between two kings–David as king of Judah and Ish-bosheth as king of Israel-the other 11 tribes.
Vv.12-16 Abner, as the commander of Ish-bosheth’s army, goes out from Israel into David’s territory at Gibeon. Joab, as commander of David’s army, goes from Hebron to meet Joab at Gibeon. Upon their meeting, the terrible effects of the division become immediately apparent: twelve members of David’s army go against twelve members of Ish-bosheth’s army, and each of the twelve kills one another.
Vv.17-32 shows us the fierceness and bloodiness of the ensuing battle. We see the effects of this division and superiority of David’s kingship over Ish-bosheth. While Ish-bosheth killed 19 of David’s men, David killed 360 of Ish-bosheth’s men. Judah has a victorious king, David triumphs over his enemies.
Much like the scene before us in today’s passage, we live on a battleground. Our fight, though, is not primarily “against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” [Ephesians 6:12]. We fight the forces of sin, the world, and Satan. But give thanks to God that we do not fight these forces alone. Just as Judah had a victorious king to fight their battles for them, so also we have a victorious King, who by His resurrection from the grave has ultimately won the battle for all who trust in Him.
- What are your greatest battles? Specifically, what spiritual battles are you enduring?
- Ask God to be your refuge and strength amid the turbulent tide of the world. Thank Him for sending His Son Jesus Christ as a victorious King, who won the battle over sin, death, and Satan by His resurrection from the dead.
Henry Luke 6/13/2018
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