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May 17, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: 2 Chronicles 25-27
Audio: 2 Chronicles 25-27

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2 Samuel 3 (ESV)

There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker.

And sons were born to David at Hebron: his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam of Jezreel; and his second, Chileab, of Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; and the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital;and the sixth, Ithream, of Eglah, David’s wife. These were born to David in Hebron.

While there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner was making himself strong in the house of Saul. Now Saul had a concubine whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah. And Ish-bosheth said to Abner, “Why have you gone in to my father’s concubine?” Then Abner was very angry over the words of Ish-bosheth and said, “Am I a dog’s head of Judah? To this day I keep showing steadfast love to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers, and to his friends, and have not given you into the hand of David. And yet you charge me today with a fault concerning a woman. God do so to Abner and more also, if I do not accomplish for David what the Lord has sworn to him, 10 to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan to Beersheba.” 11 And Ish-bosheth could not answer Abner another word, because he feared him.

12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, “To whom does the land belong? Make your covenant with me, and behold, my hand shall be with you to bring over all Israel to you.” 13 And he said, “Good; I will make a covenant with you. But one thing I require of you; that is, you shall not see my face unless you first bring Michal, Saul’s daughter, when you come to see my face.” 14 Then David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, saying, “Give me my wife Michal, for whom I paid the bridal price of a hundred foreskins of the Philistines.” 15 And Ish-bosheth sent and took her from her husband Paltiel the son of Laish. 16 But her husband went with her, weeping after her all the way to Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, “Go, return.” And he returned.

17 And Abner conferred with the elders of Israel, saying, “For some time past you have been seeking David as king over you. 18 Now then bring it about, for the Lordhas promised 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.’” 19 Abner also spoke to Benjamin. And then Abner went to tell David at Hebron all that Israel and the whole house of Benjamin thought good to do.

20 When Abner came with twenty men to David at Hebron, David made a feast for Abner and the men who were with him. 21 And Abner said to David, “I will arise and go and will gather all Israel to my lord the king, that they may make a covenant with you, and that you may reign over all that your heart desires.” So David sent Abner away, and he went in peace.

22 Just then the servants of David arrived with Joab from a raid, bringing much spoil with them. But Abner was not with David at Hebron, for he had sent him away, and he had gone in peace. 23 When Joab and all the army that was with him came, it was told Joab, “Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he has let him go, and he has gone in peace.” 24 Then Joab went to the king and said, “What have you done? Behold, Abner came to you. Why is it that you have sent him away, so that he is gone? 25 You know that Abner the son of Ner came to deceive you and to know your going out and your coming in, and to know all that you are doing.”

26 When Joab came out from David’s presence, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the cistern of Sirah. But David did not know about it. 27 And when Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside into the midst of the gate to speak with him privately, and there he struck him in the stomach, so that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother. 28 Afterward, when David heard of it, he said, “I and my kingdom are forever guiltless before the Lord for the blood of Abner the son of Ner. 29 May it fall upon the head of Joab and upon all his father’s house, and may the house of Joab never be without one who has a discharge or who is leprous or who holds a spindle or who falls by the sword or who lacks bread!” 30 So Joab and Abishai his brother killed Abner, because he had put their brother Asahel to death in the battle at Gibeon.

31 Then David said to Joab and to all the people who were with him, “Tear your clothes and put on sackcloth and mourn before Abner.” And King David followed the bier. 32 They buried Abner at Hebron. And the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner, and all the people wept. 33 And the king lamented for Abner, saying,

“Should Abner die as a fool dies?
34 Your hands were not bound;
    your feet were not fettered;
as one falls before the wicked
    you have fallen.”

And all the people wept again over him. 35 Then all the people came to persuade David to eat bread while it was yet day. But David swore, saying, “God do so to me and more also, if I taste bread or anything else till the sun goes down!” 36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them, as everything that the king did pleased all the people. 37 So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it had not been the king’s will to put to death Abner the son of Ner. 38 And the king said to his servants, “Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel? 39 And I was gentle today, though anointed king. These men, the sons of Zeruiah, are more severe than I. The Lord repay the evildoer according to his wickedness!”

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  1. 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. (2 Samuel 3:18)

    David Grew Stronger

    Second Samuel chapter 3 and 4 describe the process of David becoming stronger and eventually becoming king over all of Israel. There is clearly a shift from the power of Saul's house to that of David's house. 

    More than thirty times in the Old Testament, the Lord refers to Davis as His servant. From previous Scriptures, it's clear David is the rightful king over Israel. 

    1 Samuel 13:14 "But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”

    1 Samuel 15:28 "And Samuel said to him, 'The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you.'"

    1 Samuel 16:1 "The Lord said to Samuel, 'How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.'"

    1 Samuel 16:12 "And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, 'Arise, anoint him, for this is he.'"
     

  2. David has always trusted God to bring about what God promised while David was a young shepherd boy tending to sheep in the fields. He was chosen by God to be the future king of Israel, the message deuveees by the prophet Samuel…and that was that. God would fulfill His promise in His time! So rather than take the kingdom by force (war), or by killing its king (first Saul and now Abner), David has waited patiently and HUMBLY for God to bring it about.

    And here we see God has brought about all that He promised!! Yes, it was by the suicide of Saul, the Amalekite’s mercy-killing (or was it?) of Saul, and the murder of Abner. 

    But David had nothing to do with these “acts of man,” and even grieved over the death of the two kings. He took absolutely no pleasure in their deaths, even though those deaths paved the way for God’s promise to be fulfilled.

    Note David’s response to the murder of Abner by Joab, David’s servant: 

    “And I was gentle today, though anointed king. These men, the sons of Zeruiah, are more severe than I. The Lord repay the evildoer according to his wickedness!”

    I’m reminded of the way Jesus sent out His disciples to share the gospel and make new disciples as we await the return of our king! Will we lose hope in the waiting and begin to live for ourselves as we see Jesus warn us about in the parables (see Matthew 25:1-13)? Or will we be faithful to trust in His promise to return, and make good use of the time we still have to serve Him and tell the world about Him? 

    God is faithful!!! 

    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13 

     

  3. I have been learning more and more how to better practice patience everyday. Opportunities are not hard to come by when you live with your all-adult family!

    The very thing that keeps me going is knowing that Jesus will return. While I wait with anticipation for that day, I really enjoy being able to take care of my family. I feel so blessed and happy to be able to do so, that sometimes I wonder if my joy is okay. If serving others is such a pleasure, am I doing it right? Am I carrying out God's will? 

    My dear friend Michelle, to whom I look for guidance, told me last Sunday at church that the joy I feel is God's mercy. Incredible.

    This life is such a far cry from the one I lived in darkness that a lot of the time I get that"too good to be true feeling." Before I was truly saved, it used to be that when I got those feelings, the truth was exactly that. I was disappointed, devastated, crushed and broken mist of the time. 

    My life with Christ causes me to feel anything but those things. Although I know that there will be "valleys" to come, I also know that I "must go through those valleys to stand upon the mountain of God." I am no longer afraid, because with Jesus, I can get through anything. I am no longer alone. 

     

     

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