Read 96.) II Samuel 2:1 thru 5:5 and I Chronicles 3:1-9, 11:1-3 & 12:23-40. With the death of Saul, a great power vacuum exists in Israel. If Israel is to recover, they must have a champion immediately. One of the Lord’s own choosing. Fortunately, they already had just such a man! It’s likely about 1010 BC. David returns to the lower part of Judah, and Judah receives David as their king. He then reaches out to Jabesh Gilead, another part of Israel. In the meantime, however, Abner, a first-cousin of Saul’s, and the commander of Saul’s army, from back in I Samuel 14, is actively seeking to consolidate power around himself, thru a surviving son of Saul. Political intrigue on a high level results. All the rest of chapter 2 is about how that David and Abner, of Saul’s family, battle one another for the throne. Chapter 3 explains how this escalated, but that David was becoming stronger, while this Abner was getting weaker. By 3:5, we note that David has now 6 wives, and 6 sons, one by each of these wives, and all relatively close in age, as David reigned from Hebron where they were all born, for 7 1/2 years. We’ll see at least 3 of these sons again, later on. Beginning with 3:6, the tide begins to turn. Abner is moving in such a way as to take Israel from Saul’s surviving son, Ish-Bosheth, who doesn’t like it one bit. See how that all along, these men knew that David was the Lord’s anointed, and to be all Israel’s rightful king; just as Saul did before them! David then moves to recover his first wife, Michal, from some 20 years before, when Abner seeks to ally himself with him. All appears to be going well, and as planned, when…
Beginning with 3:22, Joab, David’s army commander was greatly displeased. This Joab, and his brother, are nephews of David, the sons of his sister! Now, Abner was a schemer, and a potential rival to Joab, himself! And, Joab wanted revenge against Abner for killing his brother, Asahel, from back in chapter 2. So, he, and his brother, Abishai, quickly plotted and murdered this Abner. And, we’re not through! Ish-Bosheth, son of Saul, is then murdered by 2 of his own remaining military commanders, who bring his head to David, seeking favor with David as Abner had; but, like the Amalekite of chapter 1, it cost them their very lives! Re-read and learn that more than 400 are mentioned as having been slain in just these first 4 chapters! David will become known as a ‘man of blood,’ and so he is! With 5:1-5, David becomes king over all Israel, while still at Hebron. From the I Chron. 12 passage, we learn that some 350,000 warriors come to David. He is 30, and will reign for 40 years. It appears to be 1002 BC. He had been chosen of the Lord, and anointed to be king probably, at least, 20 years before. Think of all the lives that could have been spared, had Saul simply repented and abdicated the throne back then. None of this political intrigue, or these lives lost, would have taken place at all! Yet, all that has taken place, is to lead us up to what God is going to do next. And, all that will have to do with the bringing forth of Messiah, that people might enter the Kingdom! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell