Shuttle diplomacy resulted in agreement but a Bloody Aftermath –

 2 Samuel 3:17-21 17 Now Abner had consultation with the elders of Israel, saying, “In times past you were seeking for David to be king over you. 18 Now then, do it! For the Lord has spoken of David, saying, ‘By the hand of My servant David I will save My people Israel from the hand of the Philistines and from the hand of all their enemies.’”

Abner persuaded the troops under his command, the leaders of the 10 northern tribes and the Benjamites to accept David as their lawful king. Saul and Abner were Benjamites, and if the tribe of Benjamin submitted to David, the other tribes had no reason to resist. Ish-bosheth had abandoned any claims on the crown.

David held a banquet for Abner, indicating that he wanted to reconcile all the factions and end the bloodshed once and for all. David held no ill will for Abner or Ish-bosheth.

However, there was a bloody aftermath to this agreement. First, Abner had committed an offense against Joab by killing his brother Asahel. Joab treacherously murdered Abner, an act of vengeance that was undeserved. It made David appear to be treacherous since people would think that Joab acted at David’s behest. David, therefore, responded with a formal oath and curse on Joab, the strongest assurance he could give that he was not involved in the murder. Then, he led in the mourning for Abner. B

After this, two ruthless men murdered Ish-bosheth and gave the head to David. This made David appear vicious since some would assume that he had commissioned the murder. He regarded Ish-bosheth as a decent man and as no threat. David ordered the assassins to be beheaded buried the head of Ish-bosheth. C

A lot of pain results from people rebelling against God and it extends beyond the immediate rebels. Are you rebelling against any of the commands of God? If so what can you do limit the pain for self and others

Notes: A- 2 Samuel 3:22-30; B- 2 Samuel 3:31-39; C- 2 Samuel 4:5-12

Henry Luke 6/16//2018

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