2 Samuel 3:8-11… 9 May God do so to Abner, and more also, if as the Lord has sworn to David, I do not accomplish this for him, 10 to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and to establish the throne of David over Israel and over Judah,”
Abner was an unlikely ally for David because he had been at war with him for over 10 years, as the military commander for Saul and then for Ish-bosheth. However, Abner took one of Saul’s concubines and Ish-bosheth interpreted this as establishing a right to the throne of Israel and threatened Abner.
Abner’s response was that he would help bring to pass the promise God made to David to be king over all of Israel. This was not a fast process as we are told that David reigned over Judah for 7.5 years [2 Samuel 5:5] while Ish-bosheth was king of Israel [11 tribes] only two years [2 Samuel 2:10a]. I cannot decipher from the bible where the 2 years fits within David’s 7.5 years. Was it at the beginning, middle or end?
This is not an important question for us today, but it demonstrates the patience of David as he waits these years before finally receiving the kingdom he was anointed for as a young boy. In our fast-paced world, we get upset about how long we have to wait in a Chic-fil-A line for lunch. We get upset with God if He does not answer our prayers the way we want them by the end of the day.
James 1:2-3 tells us we are to be joyful in trials because the testing of our faith produces endurance. Trials include waiting on God sometimes for many years as David patiently waited.
Have I learned to trust God even when patiently waiting for troubles and difficulties to pass?
Notes: For different timelines for David’s life: king in Hebron over Judah in 1000BC & dies 961BC here, & here, king in Hebron over Judah in 1010BC & dies 970BC here and here, David king in Hebron 1011BC & dies 971BC here in a good chart from creation to 95AD, 3 timelines here,
Henry Luke 6/14/2018
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