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May 18, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: 2 Chronicles 28-31
Audio: 2 Chronicles 28-31

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2 Samuel 4 (ESV)

When Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, heard that Abner had died at Hebron, his courage failed, and all Israel was dismayed. Now Saul’s son had two men who were captains of raiding bands; the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, sons of Rimmon a man of Benjamin from Beeroth (for Beeroth also is counted part of Benjamin; the Beerothites fled to Gittaim and have been sojourners there to this day).

Jonathan, the son of Saul, had a son who was crippled in his feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel, and his nurse took him up and fled, and as she fled in her haste, he fell and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.

Now the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, set out, and about the heat of the day they came to the house of Ish-bosheth as he was taking his noonday rest. And they came into the midst of the house as if to get wheat, and they stabbed him in the stomach. Then Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.When they came into the house, as he lay on his bed in his bedroom, they struck him and put him to death and beheaded him. They took his head and went by the way of the Arabah all night, and brought the head of Ish-bosheth to David at Hebron. And they said to the king, “Here is the head of Ish-bosheth, the son of Saul, your enemy, who sought your life. The Lord has avenged my lord the king this day on Saul and on his offspring.” But David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life out of every adversity, 10 when one told me, ‘Behold, Saul is dead,’ and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and killed him at Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his news. 11 How much more, when wicked men have killed a righteous man in his own house on his bed, shall I not now require his blood at your hand and destroy you from the earth?” 12 And David commanded his young men, and they killed them and cut off their hands and feet and hanged them beside the pool at Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth and buried it in the tomb of Abner at Hebron.

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  1. No Delight in Killing

    With the death of Abner, Ish-bosheth (and all of Israel) realized their strength and stability was gone. Ish-bosheth's power was no longer secured as there was no one to lead Israel's army. 

    After Rehab and Baanah killed Ish-bosheth, they took his head to David and said, "The Lord has avenged my lord the king this day on Saul and on his offspring" (2 Samuel 4:8). To their surprise, (and similar to what happened to the Amalekite in 2 Samuel 1:2-15), David did not see their murder of Ish-bosheth as the Lord avenging him but the murder of an innocent man. 

    David had an opportunity to kill Saul in the cave and again while he was sleeping and yet he did not kill him (and Saul was hunting him down to kill David)! 

    In response to their murder of Ish-bosheth, he has them killed (they cut off their hands and feet and hanged them beside the pool at Hebron). This act speaks loud and clear to everyone the consequences of taking matters into your own hands and committing murder while claiming it was the Lord "avenging" someone.

    While it's true, at times, God did command his people to kill others, Rehab and Baanah were not commanded of the Lord to do this and it cost them their lives. 

    Notice David's attitude towards people (even his enemies)? He certainly takes no delight in killing. This speaks volumes why David was considered a man after God's own heart as God takes no delight in killing. 

  2. I find it interesting that men are trying to win David’s favor by killing people they deem his enemies. I’m sure this was common practice when a new king was crowned…everyone jockeying for favor. 

    But in this case, rather than reward or elevate these men, David has them put to death. He doesn’t want anyone to avenge him. God will avenge him should that be God’s will. (See Deuteronomy 32:35 and Romans 12:17-19.) 

    And of course, God has done just that in both the case of Saul and his son Ish-bosheth, at the hands of men who are put to death themselves. David’s actions are sending a message to others that David does not want to be like other kings, trading favor for the blood of his enemies.

    His character and integrity are —  at least at this point in his life — important to him…because they’re important to God. 

    I’m reminded of Romans 8:28: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” 

    Yes, even by means we wouldn’t use ourselves!

    Do you love God? If so, you can trust God to keep His promise to work all things for good. The good may not be in the form that you want, but for a greater purpose you may not yet see. Trust Him! You are part of His work in HIS kingdom, and even outside His kingdom. Again…trust Him! 

    1. His character and integrity are —  at least at this point in his life — important to him…because they’re important to God. 

      So true, Michelle!

  3. Thank you for that, Michelle! I love Romans 8:28, and I remind myself often that I can absolutely trust God and His plan.

    He is the One that can see the "big picture," not me, and I know that if I trust Him and "praise Him in the storm" He will always be there to help me get through those times of struggle. 


    1. Amen, Brynne – Without God's sovereignty, He isn't God. But because He is Almighty and all-powerful, we can trust Him knowing that He commands the storms.  

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