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Week 15 Day 2
Retaliation or Reconciliation
Suspicion or Trust
Joab chose the former
David the latter
Retaliation breeds evil and destruction
Reconciliation breeds goodness and peace
both have lots of children!
David gambled that the way to establish trust
is first to trust
to go first and believe
We will never know if David's gamble
would have paid rich dividends
because Joab intervened.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS And another good man died. II Samuel 3
12Abner sent messengers on his behalf to David, saying,
"Whose is the land? Make your covenant with me, and indeed
my hand shall be with you to bring all Israel to you." 13David
answered, "Good, I will make a covenant with you. But one
thing I require of you: first bring Michal, Saul's daughter."
17Now Abner communicated with the elders of Israel, saying,
"In time past you were seeking for David to be king over you.
18Now then, do it!" 19Abner also spoke in the hearing of
Benjamin. Then Abner went to speak in the hearing of David
in Hebron all that seemed good to Israel and the whole house
20So Abner and twenty men with him came to David at
Hebron. David made a feast for Abner and the men who were
with him. 21Abner said to David, "I will arise and go, and
gather all Israel to my lord the king, that they may make a
covenant with you, and that you may reign over all that your
heart desires." So David sent Abner away in peace.
23At that moment the servants of David and Joab came
from a raid and brought much spoil with them. 23When
Joab and the troops had come, they told Joab, saying,
"Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he sent him
away in peace." 24Then Joab came to the king and said,
"What have you done? Look, Abner came to you; why is
it that you sent him away? 25Surely you realize that Abner
came to deceive you, and to know all that you are doing."
26When Joab had gone from David's presence, he sent
messengers after Abner, who brought him back. But David
did not know it. 27Now when Abner had returned to
Hebron, Joab took him aside to speak with him privately,
and there stabbed him in the stomach, so that he died for
the blood of Asahel his brother.
28When David heard it, he said, "My kingdom and I are
guiltless before the Lord of the blood of Abner. 29Let it
rest on the head of Joab." 31David said to Joab and to all
the people who were with him, "Tear your clothes, gird
yourselves with sackcloth, and mourn for Abner."
38The king said to his servants, "Do you not know that
a prince and a great man has fallen today in Israel? I am
weak though anointed king; and these sons of Zeruiah, are
too harsh for me. The Lord shall repay the evildoer." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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