Judah and Simeon (Simeon had its territory in the midst of Judah) anoint David king. In the fight at the pool, you begin to see what God thinks about us vying for position and status, about hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy in His church. Galatians 5:20,21
“But Abner the son of Ner, commander of Saul’s army …”
Right at the beginning of David’s reign there was discord.
God’s people were split. While we have seen David’s integrity and faithfulness with respect to Saul, this wasn’t enough for Abner, Saul’s army commander.
We see here the politicking and power-plays bringing much pain and bloodshed between the tribes. Abner and Joab wrestling it out for dominance, Benjamin facing off against Judah, Asahel looking for battle glory.
Jesus’ words in Matthew 20:16 are very clear,
“So the last will be first, and the first last.”
And down a little,
“It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
When we let pride and vanity, jealousy and unrighteousness take the reins, all sorts of badness comes in.
How good is it then that we have a king whose reign is without question and was and is not weakened by in-fighting.
Jesus’ power and supremacy are without doubt.
We can be encouraged in this, and convicted in our behaviour.
God tells us in Isaiah 66:2 what He looks for in us,
“But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.”
* Almighty God,
Oh that we would tremble at Your word today! That our spirits would be contrite, humility marking our day.
Lord please sink us in our selves that we might rise in Thee!