Civil War: Israel & Judah (2 Samuel 2:12 – 3:5)

Abner, the commander of Ishbosheth, and Joab, the commander of David, met at the pool of Gibeon.  They decided to have a competition between their young men.  Twelve young men came from each side, and they thrust their opponents through with swords.  They called the place the Field of Sharp Swords.  The two armies fought, and Joab beat Abner’s troops.  Asahel, the brother of Joab, ran very fast, and pursured Abner.  Abner could not shake him, so he warned him to turn away.  Asahel would not, so Abner struck him in the stomach with the blunt end of his spear.  It came out his back, and he died.  Joab and his brother Abishai pursued Abner, but when they found him, Abner asked for some mercy, and Joab relented.  When the count was made, 20 of Judah’s men were dead (Joab’s men) and 360 of Israel’s men were dead (Abner).  Joab buried his brother Asahel.  There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David.  But David grew stronger and Saul grew weaker.  David had sons born in Hebron, six in all.

David received the throne for which he was been anointed, but men got in the way, and conflict entailed.  When men get in God’s way, judgment comes.  David was the true heir to the throne, and he did get the throne of the entire nation eventually, but it was a slow and methodical process.  Trust God and do as he says, for that is the path to fulfillment.

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