This book is prophetic history. (It is placed in the Prophets Luke 24:27,44). These events of pride, arrogance, betrayal, murder reveal why David’s Kingdom failed and why another better Kingdom was necessary – the coming Kingdom of great David’s greater Son, Jesus of Nazareth. Read Galatians 5:19-21.
God’s word doesn’t write about people as they should be but as they are.
In the last reading there was a focus on Joab, and here we read about him and his brother Abishai murdering Abner for their other brother Asahel.
They murdered Abner under the flag of peace that David had covenanted.
David wanted the land whole while Joab and Abishai wanted revenge. In this, David acts like a wise king should, mourning the loss of Abner. And the people respond to his actions. All that he did pleased all the people.
But we see David making foolish decisions.
Right at the beginning of today’s passage is a list of David’s sons – All from different wives! Many wives.
We know that Moses commanded against this in Deuteronomy 17:17, where the rules for a king are laid out. More than one is “many”.
And in the midst of negotiating with Abner, David makes a very selfish and hurtful request – He wants Michal (Saul’s daughter) back! Michal has by now been married for a number of years. Her husband loved her so much he followed and wept all the way.
David caused this breakage, just as Saul caused breakage by giving Michal away while he was trying to kill David.
You don’t fix a problem by doing the same thing that was done to you.
How good is it then that we have in Jesus a king who was and is always right and true. Completely righteousness, without fault.
Jesus never made and will never make a bad decisions, not a single one.
Jesus never sought his own pleasure at the expense of others. He never tried to fix a problem by creating the same problem for another.
Hallelujah, what a king He is!
* God Above,
Thank You for Jesus, You the Son, the King who leads us in righteousness and truth.
Please help us to obey You, humble servants, walking under Your rule.
Please help us to resist the temptation to do to others what was done to us.
Instead Lord God, mark us as humble people, full of a contrite spirit, as people who tremble at Your word.