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2 Samuel 3:1–10 ESV
1 There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker. 2 And sons were born to David at Hebron: his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam of Jezreel; 3 and his second, Chileab, of Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; 4 and the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital; 5 and the sixth, Ithream, of Eglah, David’s wife. These were born to David in Hebron. 6 While there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner was making himself strong in the house of Saul. 7 Now Saul had a concubine whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah. And Ish-bosheth said to Abner, “Why have you gone in to my father’s concubine?” 8 Then Abner was very angry over the words of Ish-bosheth and said, “Am I a dog’s head of Judah? To this day I keep showing steadfast love to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers, and to his friends, and have not given you into the hand of David. And yet you charge me today with a fault concerning a woman. 9 God do so to Abner and more also, if I do not accomplish for David what the Lord has sworn to him, 10 to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan to Beersheba.”
2 Samuel 3:1–10 ESV
1 There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker. 2 And sons were born to David at Hebron: his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam of Jezreel; 3 and his second, Chileab, of Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; 4 and the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital; 5 and the sixth, Ithream, of Eglah, David’s wife. These were born to David in Hebron. 6 While there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner was making himself strong in the house of Saul. 7 Now Saul had a concubine whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah. And Ish-bosheth said to Abner, “Why have you gone in to my father’s concubine?” 8 Then Abner was very angry over the words of Ish-bosheth and said, “Am I a dog’s head of Judah? To this day I keep showing steadfast love to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers, and to his friends, and have not given you into the hand of David. And yet you charge me today with a fault concerning a woman. 9 God do so to Abner and more also, if I do not accomplish for David what the Lord has sworn to him, 10 to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan to Beersheba.”
Intro: We’re in a section of the bible called the “historical books” these 11 books from Joshua to Esther…give us the history people of God, the nation of Israel…Now in the book of Samuel we’ve seen a change in the way God’s people were led, Before first Samuel they were what is called a “Theocracy” Or God led people, but then they began to pine after a king like all the other nations, so the Lord reluctantly gave them Saul this first king of Israel…because he was reflective of the kind of king they wanted…Tall, handsome and Kingly…but he didn’t have the right heart…and he eventually disqualified himself from the kingdom…But there would be another king that the Lord would anoint and eventually raise up…A young man named David and 2 Samuel is all about Him, his ascension to the throne and his reign which would be some of the most glorious years for God’s people
(Prop) Now
Context:
So at this point in 2 Samuel Saul and most of his sons had died in battle and it’s time for David for to ascend to the throne…but it wouldn’t come without a fight, Saul had one more son by the name of Ishbosheth who though he was a little cowardly and unwise, would be well supported by a man of war named Abner…but all of that was about to change
This whole Chapter is Essentally dedicated to Abner’s defection from the dysfunctional house of Saul over to the house of David
Intro: We’re continuing our study through the book of 2 Samuel and what we’re gonna look at today can be summed up in a quote by Alan Redpath “Before we can pray, "Lord, Thy Kingdom come," we must be willing to pray, "My Kingdom go.”
(Prop) And in this, we’re going to have opportunity to talk about what it’s like for us to come to Jesus…because ultimately that is a change of kingdoms in itself…out of your little dysfunctional kingdom of one and into the glorious of the Son
Let’s Jump right into the text and get a reminder of whats been happening...
Let’s Jump right into the text and get a reminder of whats been happening...
2 Samuel 3:1 ESV
1 There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker.
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2 Samuel 3:1–10 ESV
1 There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker. 2 And sons were born to David at Hebron: his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam of Jezreel; 3 and his second, Chileab, of Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; 4 and the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital; 5 and the sixth, Ithream, of Eglah, David’s wife. These were born to David in Hebron. 6 While there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner was making himself strong in the house of Saul. 7 Now Saul had a concubine whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah. And Ish-bosheth said to Abner, “Why have you gone in to my father’s concubine?” 8 Then Abner was very angry over the words of Ish-bosheth and said, “Am I a dog’s head of Judah? To this day I keep showing steadfast love to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers, and to his friends, and have not given you into the hand of David. And yet you charge me today with a fault concerning a woman. 9 God do so to Abner and more also, if I do not accomplish for David what the Lord has sworn to him, 10 to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan to Beersheba.”
Now jump down with me to verse 6...
Intro:
Intro: We’re continuing our study through the book of 2 Samuel and what we’re gonna look at today can be summed up in a quote by Alan Redpath
2 Samuel 3:6–10 ESV
6 While there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner was making himself strong in the house of Saul. 7 Now Saul had a concubine whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah. And Ish-bosheth said to Abner, “Why have you gone in to my father’s concubine?” 8 Then Abner was very angry over the words of Ish-bosheth and said, “Am I a dog’s head of Judah? To this day I keep showing steadfast love to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers, and to his friends, and have not given you into the hand of David. And yet you charge me today with a fault concerning a woman. 9 God do so to Abner and more also, if I do not accomplish for David what the Lord has sworn to him, 10 to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan to Beersheba.”
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\“Before we can pray, "Lord, Thy Kingdom come," we must be willing to pray, "My Kingdom go.”
Remember - That Abner was a cousin of Saul and his general in war, it would have been a very costly thing for Abner to defect…relationally, occupationally, he would have been considered a traitor by all of those still in Saul’s house…but it was worth it because Saul’s house was a ship that was going under…and at end of the day, if the ship is sinking, it doesn’t matter how you abandon it…you just need to abandon it
we were reminded of what it looks like to come out of our dysfunctional kingdom of one into the Glorious kingdom of Jesus the son
So here’s the recap, The house of Saul has is losing the battle…theres contention without…but theirs also contention within…between the king and Abner...
The king accused Abner of sleeping with one of Saul’s concubines and even though Saul was dead, for someone to sleep with the kings concubine was seen as an act of treason
So here’s was it true? We’re not sure…was it possible he was doing that…perhaps…but it could have always been possible that Ishbosheth was really threatened of Abner and just misperceived the whole thing…just like his dad did
Was Abner guilty? we don’t know
Ether way, Abner’s out he’s leaving the house of Saul and joining the house of David
But he was angry
And The king was possibly threatened
So it’s kind of a lose lose situation and Abner had enough - He left the house of Saul...
(Prop) Today we’re see that take place…a defection of sorts from one kingdom to another and the star of our story will be grizzly warrior by the name of Abner…and as we look at him, we’re gonna be reminded of what it looks like to come out of our dysfunctional kingdom of one into the Glorious kingdom of Jesus the son
Remember this would come at a cost for Abner - Abner was a cousin of Saul and his general in war, it would have been a very costly thing for Abner to defect…relationally, occupationally, he would have been considered a traitor by all of those still in Saul’s house…but it was worth it because Saul’s house was a ship that was going under…and at end of the day, if the ship is sinking, it doesn’t matter how you abandon it…you just need to abandon it
Remember what was happening in verse 1
2 Samuel 3:1 ESV
1 There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker.
Abner was fighting a losing battle and praise God that he lets us lose when we’re busy fighting on the wrong so we side so we can switch to the right side...
App - Abner was fighting a losing battle and praise God that he lets us lose when we’re doing that
Intro:
Remember when David was in his rebellion against God?
I think about Raul Ries...
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So Abner is switching sides...
2 Samuel 3:11–12 ESV
11 And Ish-bosheth could not answer Abner another word, because he feared him. 12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, “To whom does the land belong? Make your covenant with me, and behold, my hand shall be with you to bring over all Israel to you.”
2 Samuel 3:11–12 ESV
11 And Ish-bosheth could not answer Abner another word, because he feared him. 12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, “To whom does the land belong? Make your covenant with me, and behold, my hand shall be with you to bring over all Israel to you.”
2 Samuel 3:10–14 ESV
10 to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan to Beersheba.” 11 And Ish-bosheth could not answer Abner another word, because he feared him. 12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, “To whom does the land belong? Make your covenant with me, and behold, my hand shall be with you to bring over all Israel to you.” 13 And he said, “Good; I will make a covenant with you. But one thing I require of you; that is, you shall not see my face unless you first bring Michal, Saul’s daughter, when you come to see my face.” 14 Then David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, saying, “Give me my wife Michal, for whom I paid the bridal price of a hundred foreskins of the Philistines.”
2 Samuel 3:11–13 ESV
11 And Ish-bosheth could not answer Abner another word, because he feared him. 12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, “To whom does the land belong? Make your covenant with me, and behold, my hand shall be with you to bring over all Israel to you.” 13 And he said, “Good; I will make a covenant with you. But one thing I require of you; that is, you shall not see my face unless you first bring Michal, Saul’s daughter, when you come to see my face.”
I love this, Abner (who’s been responsible for the David’s rival’s accession) after years of fighting finally gives up the ghost and says “I give up, if you will make covenant with me” of all the things David could have said “TOO LATE” “OVER MY DEAD BODY”…but instead he says “GOOD”
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2 Samuel 3:13–15 ESV
13 And he said, “Good; I will make a covenant with you. But one thing I require of you; that is, you shall not see my face unless you first bring Michal, Saul’s daughter, when you come to see my face.” 14 Then David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, saying, “Give me my wife Michal, for whom I paid the bridal price of a hundred foreskins of the Philistines.” 15 And Ish-bosheth sent and took her from her husband Paltiel the son of Laish.
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2 Samuel 3:12–14 ESV
12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, “To whom does the land belong? Make your covenant with me, and behold, my hand shall be with you to bring over all Israel to you.” 13 And he said, “Good; I will make a covenant with you. But one thing I require of you; that is, you shall not see my face unless you first bring Michal, Saul’s daughter, when you come to see my face.” 14 Then David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, saying, “Give me my wife Michal, for whom I paid the bridal price of a hundred foreskins of the Philistines.”
2 Samuel 3:12–15 ESV
12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, “To whom does the land belong? Make your covenant with me, and behold, my hand shall be with you to bring over all Israel to you.” 13 And he said, “Good; I will make a covenant with you. But one thing I require of you; that is, you shall not see my face unless you first bring Michal, Saul’s daughter, when you come to see my face.” 14 Then David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, saying, “Give me my wife Michal, for whom I paid the bridal price of a hundred foreskins of the Philistines.” 15 And Ish-bosheth sent and took her from her husband Paltiel the son of Laish.
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I love this, Abner (who’s been responsible for the David’s rival’s accession) after years of fighting finally gives up the ghost and says “I give up, if you will make covenant with me” of all the things David could have said “TOO LATE” “OVER MY DEAD BODY”…but instead he says “GOOD”
I love this, Abner (who’s been responsible for the David’s rival’s accession) after years of fighting finally gives up the ghost and says “I give up, if you will make covenant with me” of all the things David could have said “TOO LATE” “OVER MY DEAD BODY”…but instead he says “GOOD”
I love this, Abner (who’s been responsible for the David’s rival’s accession) after years of fighting finally gives up the ghost and says “I give up, if you will make covenant with me” of all the things David could have said “TOO LATE” “OVER MY DEAD BODY”…but instead he says “GOOD”
I love this, Abner (who’s been responsible for the David’s rival’s accession) after years of fighting finally gives up the ghost and says “I give up, if you will make covenant with me” of all the things David could have said “TOO LATE” “OVER MY DEAD BODY”…but instead he says “GOOD”
And this word “Good” is more than we think
“TOV” - Meaning good, merry, pleasant, beautiful...
It’s the same word when God looked upon all that he created and said “it’s good”
Genesis 1:31 ESV
31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Genesis 1:31 ESV
31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Which means that David was not reluctantly making a covenant with Abner, David was pleased to do it
App: This reminds of Jesus, if you’re a wonderer, and you’ve returned to Christ, he’s not reluctantly going to receive you to himself…he’s happy too him and all of heaven
1 John 1:9 ESV
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Let’s keep reading...
2 Samuel 3:13–14 ESV
13 And he said, “Good; I will make a covenant with you. But one thing I require of you; that is, you shall not see my face unless you first bring Michal, Saul’s daughter, when you come to see my face.” 14 Then David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, saying, “Give me my wife Michal, for whom I paid the bridal price of a hundred foreskins of the Philistines.”
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David was happy to receive Abner…but he did have a requirement for him…He said “Abner you can come, but only if you bring my wife Michael” now why in the world would David need a 7th wife? but we will say that Micheal was special to David because she was his first wife. he fought for her, and wanted her back…
David, said “Abner you can come, but only if you bring my wife Michael” now why in the world would David need a 7th wife? but we will say that Micheal was special to David because she was his first wife. he fought for her, and wanted her back…
Question: Why did he want Michael back?…I think the answer is quite simple…because she was his…he had paid for her - He paid what was called the bride price for her…It was common for the groom to give to the father of the bride something…and Saul had asked for a hundred Philistine Foreskins…and David delivered…David paid a crude price for his bride
App
App - You know who else paid a crude price for his bride? Jesus
Do you know that the cross was so shameful that self respecting roman citizens would not talk about the cross at the dinner table
Yet our King Jesus willing took on the shame of the cross so that we could be his bride
Do you know that you belong to Jesus?
Through creation
Through Redemption
Give to Jesus what belongs to Jesus
1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV
20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
So David’s made this request and look what happens...
He wanted her back because she was his first wife and David love her...
He wanted her back because she was a reminder to the other nations of his connection with Saul’s family which was obviously important to some of the tribes
He wanted her back because he paid a price for her
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2 Samuel 3:15 ESV
15 And Ish-bosheth sent and took her from her husband Paltiel the son of Laish.
2 Samuel 3:15–16 ESV
15 And Ish-bosheth sent and took her from her husband Paltiel the son of Laish. 16 But her husband went with her, weeping after her all the way to Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, “Go, return.” And he returned.
I think this gives us an idea of 2 things...how weak Ishbosheth was and how fearsome Abner was, that it seems like Ishbosheth knew that since Abner had changed sides…he didn’t have a chance… and that all Abner would have to say is “Go, return” and the guys like, sure…thanks tell her hi for me…
I think this gives us an idea of how fearsome Abner was, that this heart broken man would follow him and all he would have to say is “Go, return” and the guys like, sure…thanks tell her hi for me…
2 Samuel 3:17–19 ESV
17 And Abner conferred with the elders of Israel, saying, “For some time past you have been seeking David as king over you. 18 Now then bring it about, for the Lord has promised David, saying, ‘By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel from the hand of the Philistines, and from the hand of all their enemies.’ ” 19 Abner also spoke to Benjamin. And then Abner went to tell David at Hebron all that Israel and the whole house of Benjamin thought good to do.
So remember, David at this time is only ruling over one of the tribes…so here Abner (Who had quite the prominent voice amongst the other tribes of Israel) coming before the tribes and saying “It’s been a long time coming, you know we are better off with David ruling over us, therefore…Let’s bring it about
So remember, David at this time is only ruling over one of the tribes…so here Abner (Who had quite the prominent voice amongst the other tribes of Israel) coming before the tribes and saying “It’s been a long time coming, you know we are better off with David ruling over us, therefore…Let’s bring it about
I think it’s worth noting that Abner is the one who did this…for 2 reasons...
First - notice that Abner served as the perfect ambassador to the other tribes because He could reach people among tribes that other people in David’s house couldn’t - This is why coming to Jesus is so important, because you and I than become an ambassador for Christ in amoungst your people
App: Sometimes
Secondly -Notice that Abner is doing this…Not David - Though he had every right to do it, David would not force his reign over anyone…
App: And May I just say, the Jesus the son of David will not force you to follow him ether…Jesus will not force his way onto the throne of your heart…he will not make you love him…he will not force you into a relationship with me...There is a term for people who force relationship upon another…Rape…Jesus is not that
There is a term for people who force relationship upon another…Rape…Jesus is not that…Jesus is the one who says (ESV) 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
Jesus is the one who says (ESV) 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Jesus wants to sit on the throne of your heart…and he’s the only one worthy…but he won’t force you
Jesus wants to sit on the throne of your heart…and he’s the only one worthy…but he won’t force you
Here’s the flip side of that - He’s God…He’s Judge…He will deal with sin…so if you hear his voice today…don’t harden your heart
Here’s the flip side of that - He’s God…He’s Judge…He will deal with sin…so if you hear his voice today…don’t harden your heart
Apologetic - You know their are some who say things like “The God you guys worship is so egotistical!! because he wants everyone to worship him” Here’s my response to that - “Well for you to say something like that it’s absolutely arrogant…because you are not worth worshiping…But if Jesus is who the bible says he is…he’s just being honest and calling us to something that’s fitting”
Apologetic - You know their are some who say things like “The God you guys worship is so egotistical!! because he wants everyone to worship him” Here’s my response to that - “Well for to say something like that it’s absolutely arrogant…because you are not worth worshiping…But if Jesus is who the bible says he is…he’s just being honest and calling us to something that’s fitting
I love it when Paul says this to a group of philosophers on Mars hill ...
Acts 17:26–28 ESV
26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for “ ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “ ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
Acts 17:26–28 ESV
26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for “ ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “ ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
I love it when Paul says this to a group of philosophers on Mars hill - (ESV) 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for “ ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “ ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
App: Maybe you need to hear Abner’s words…The king is here…Now crown him king…
App: Maybe you need to hear Abner’s words…The king is here…Now crown him king…
2 Samuel 3:20 ESV
20 When Abner came with twenty men to David at Hebron, David made a feast for Abner and the men who were with him.
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App: Maybe you need to hear Abner’s words…The king is here…Now crown him king…
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2 Samuel 3:20–21 ESV
20 When Abner came with twenty men to David at Hebron, David made a feast for Abner and the men who were with him. 21 And Abner said to David, “I will arise and go and will 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, and he went in peace.
So here we see here that not only is David happy to have Abner as a servant, But David extends love and honor like a friend…he prepares this massive feast for Abner…Abner gets a taste of David’s kindness and look what happens next...
So here we see here that not only is David happy to have Abner as a servant, But David extends love and honor like a friend…he prepares this massive feast for Abner…
2 Samuel 3:21 ESV
21 And Abner said to David, “I will arise and go and will 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, and he went in peace.
This too reminds me of Jesus…His authority will move you, but his kindness will melt you…before this, it almost seems like Abner is making a deal with David…but once he got a taste of his kindness, it brought about a fresh type of obedience…and thats the same with Jesus....
It’s recognition of Jesus’ radical love for you that will produce the most and best fruit...
It’s all such a beautiful scene…until verse 22 and things are gonna take a turn for Abner because of the guy because of a man named Joab…One of the leaders of David’s army, and Brother of a man who was killed by Abner Asahel…
2 Samuel 3:22 ESV
22 Just then the servants of David arrived with Joab from a raid, bringing much spoil with them. But Abner was not with David at Hebron, for he had sent him away, and he had gone in peace.
2 Samuel 3:22 ESV
22 Just then the servants of David arrived with Joab from a raid, bringing much spoil with them. But Abner was not with David at Hebron, for he had sent him away, and he had gone in peace.
Now if you can remember, Joab and Abner have history together, If you remember in the previous chapter Abner killed Joab’s brother, but you have to remember, they were at war with each other…so in some way that was the expected outcome...So the words “Just then” are important, that means that Joab is arriving late to the situation with Abner... that means he doesn’t know whats happened with Abner...
Now if you can remember, Joab and Abner have history together, If you remember in the previous chapter Abner killed Joab’s brother, but you have to remember, they were at war with each other…so in some way that was the expected outcome...So the words “Just then” are important, that means that Joab is arriving late to the situation with Abner... that means he doesn’t know whats happened with Abner...
2 Samuel 3:23–25 ESV
23 When Joab and all the army that was with him came, it was told Joab, “Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he has let him go, and he has gone in peace.” 24 Then Joab went to the king and said, “What have you done? Behold, Abner came to you. Why is it that you have sent him away, so that he is gone? 25 You know that Abner the son of Ner came to deceive you and to know your going out and your coming in, and to know all that you are doing.”
2 Samuel 3:23–24 ESV
23 When Joab and all the army that was with him came, it was told Joab, “Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he has let him go, and he has gone in peace.” 24 Then Joab went to the king and said, “What have you done? Behold, Abner came to you. Why is it that you have sent him away, so that he is gone?
You know, grace is a beautiful thing when we receive it, but it can be down right offensive when others who we think don’t deserve it receive it…but the truth of the matter is Joab was uninformed about Abner’s defection to David’s house…but theirs parts of me that wonder if he even wanted to be...
2 Samuel 3:23 ESV
23 When Joab and all the army that was with him came, it was told Joab, “Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he has let him go, and he has gone in peace.”
So Joab just returned from the battle, it should have been a happy time, but then somebody whispered in his ear maybe the worst news he could ever hear…”Abner’s here…and Joab probably thought…”Surly Abner has been dealt with by David”…and then the servant would say “well, he actually threw him a feast”
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2 Samuel 3:23–26 ESV
23 When Joab and all the army that was with him came, it was told Joab, “Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he has let him go, and he has gone in peace.” 24 Then Joab went to the king and said, “What have you done? Behold, Abner came to you. Why is it that you have sent him away, so that he is gone? 25 You know that Abner the son of Ner came to deceive you and to know your going out and your coming in, and to know all that you are doing.” 26 When Joab came out from David’s presence, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the cistern of Sirah. But David did not know about it.
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2 Samuel 3:26 ESV
26 When Joab came out from David’s presence, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the cistern of Sirah. But David did not know about it.
Now, if Joab would had stopped, took a breath, and investigated that situation a little bit more he would have found out the Abner didn’t actually want to kill his brother, But he wasn’t given a choice…
You have to think that right here in this meeting with David…he was told about Abner’s conversion…about his abandoning Saul’s house and his coming over to be a servant of David…so once he left David’s presence he should have stoped and taken a breath and thought about what was happening
But here’s the question, when do people who are slaves to their rage ever stop and think when their angry?…never…look at Joab, he goes before the king
2 Samuel 3:27 ESV
27 And when Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside into the midst of the gate to speak with him privately, and there he struck him in the stomach, so that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.
This was kind of a tragic end to Abner considering he had come to David’s side...It was wrong for Joab to kill Abner…but this reminds us of something easily forgotten at times…even for the forgiven…sin can still carry consequences - Abner greatest issue that Abner had was that he was at war with the king, but even though that war was over, he did somethings during that time that carried with them consequences…and Abner just experienced one of them
27 And when Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside into the midst of the gate to speak with him privately, and there he struck him in the stomach, so that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.
The New American Commentary: 1, 2 Samuel (5) Joab Murders Abner (3:22–27)

David’s governmental activities, including the payment of his troops and extending his influence throughout the territory. Since David had no administrative system for gathering income, he continued his earlier practice of conducting raids against Israel’s enemies to create the necessary revenues (cf. 1 Sam 27:8–11; 30:26), just as the rival king Ish-Bosheth did (cf. 2 Sam 4:2).

However, when Joab learned of the negotiations with Abner (v. 23), he was livid. Abner was Joab’s most hated enemy, especially because of his role in Asahel’s death (cf. 2:23). Joab did not believe this rival general could be trusted to provide sincere support for David, since Abner was a member of Saul’s family. Furthermore, Abner also was the single greatest threat to Joab’s own position of supreme military leadership; it is almost certain that David would give Abner key military responsibilities

24 Then Joab went to the king and said, “What have you done? Behold, Abner came to you. Why is it that you have sent him away, so that he is gone? 25 You know that Abner the son of Ner came to deceive you and to know your going out and your coming in, and to know all that you are doing.”

App: In that same way, coming to Jesus will save your soul, but it may not save you from the consequences of your sin
But I want you to notice one big thing before we close…lets read the rest of these verses…
2 sam 3:
2 Samuel 3:28–39 ESV
28 Afterward, when David heard of it, he said, “I and my kingdom are forever guiltless before the Lord for the blood of Abner the son of Ner. 29 May it fall upon the head of Joab and upon all his father’s house, and may the house of Joab never be without one who has a discharge or who is leprous or who holds a spindle or who falls by the sword or who lacks bread!” 30 So Joab and Abishai his brother killed Abner, because he had put their brother Asahel to death in the battle at Gibeon. 31 Then David said to Joab and to all the people who were with him, “Tear your clothes and put on sackcloth and mourn before Abner.” And King David followed the bier. 32 They buried Abner at Hebron. And the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner, and all the people wept. 33 And the king lamented for Abner, saying, “Should Abner die as a fool dies? 34 Your hands were not bound; your feet were not fettered; as one falls before the wicked you have fallen.” And all the people wept again over him. 35 Then all the people came to persuade David to eat bread while it was yet day. But David swore, saying, “God do so to me and more also, if I taste bread or anything else till the sun goes down!” 36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them, as everything that the king did pleased all the people. 37 So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it had not been the king’s will to put to death Abner the son of Ner. 38 And the king said to his servants, “Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel? 39 And I was gentle today, though anointed king. These men, the sons of Zeruiah, are more severe than I. The Lord repay the evildoer according to his wickedness!”
Here’s what I want you to notice…While it’s true that Abner died because of the travesties he committed while at war with the King…It’s also true that now He’s at peace with the king and he died on the right side of the battle
Here’s what I want you to notice…While it’s true that Abner died because of the travesties he committed while at war with the King…It’s also true that now He’s at peace with the king and he died on the winning side…
App - There are some who come to Jesus late…and it’s long after a battle with him while there we’re many consequences that may never get fixed - If you ruined you marriage It might ever get fixed If you’ve ruined your body - It might never get fixed If you have been cheating and lying at work - You might never get the Job back
If you ruined you marriage - It might ever get fixedIf you’ve ruined your body - It might never get fixed If you have been cheating and lying at work - You might never get the Job back
If you ruined you marriage It might ever get fixed If you’ve ruined your body - It might never get fixed If you have been cheating and lying at work - You might never get the Job back
And I think we often think things like - If God really loves me, he’s gonna take care of this current problem…but God doesn’t really work like that
But even if those things are true…whats also true is that your sinshave been forgiven and you now on the right side of the king
The Paralytic Man - “Your sins are forgiven” -
The Paralytic Man - “Your sins are forgiven” -
There was a man who was brought to Jesus by his friends to be healed of his infirmity
He was a man who was brought to Jesus by his friends to be healed of his infirmity
But notice what Jesus says to this paralytic man - “Your sins are forgiven” - that seems a bit odd don’t you think, wouldn’t you be like “hey bro, thats not what I need right now…I can’t walk”
But notice what Jesus says to this paralytic man - “Your sins are forgiven” - that seems a bit odd don’t you think, wouldn’t you be like “hey bro, thats not what I need right now…I can’t walk”
but here’s the thing about Jesus, He looked right past the current problem…to the greatest problem - The issue of a sinful heart…See if Jesus was to only heal this man’s immediate need, he’ll be ecstatic and like he’ll never be unhappy again But wait two months, four months—the euphoria won’t last…the heart of the issue is the issue of the heart
but here’s the thing about Jesus, He looked right past the imitate need…to the greatest need - The issue of a sinful heart…See if Jesus was to only heal this man’s immediate need, he’ll be ecstatic and like he’ll never be unhappy again But wait two months, four months—the euphoria won’t last…the heart of the issue is the issue of the heart
App: See the bible tells us clearly that our greatest problem is never our latest problem…It’s not that you don’t have enough money, it’s not that you don’t have that person’s love, it’s not even that your sick…Your greatest problem is that we have wicked and adulterous hearts and are in need for Forgiveness and transformation
App: See the bible tells us clearly that our greatest problem is never our latest problem…It’s not that you don’t have enough money, it’s not that you don’t have that person’s love, it’s not even that your sick…Your greatest problem is that we have wicked and adulterous hearts and are in need for Forgiveness and transformation
And thats actually quite liberating when you really think about it…because since the problem is you, You have the power to change the problem
And thats actually quite liberating when you really think about it…because since the problem is you, You have the power to change the problem
Conclusion - So yes Abner died…but he died at peace with the king and for us, that means everything…When we are at peace with God
Conclusion - So yes Abner died…but he died at peace with the king and for us, that means everything…
When we are at peace with God
Our sins are forgiven
Heaven is our destination
Heaven is our destination
We’re no longer defined by our past
We’re no longer defined by our past
We have a glorious future awaiting us
We have a glorious future awaiting us
Peace with God…comes though faith in Jesus…You can have it right now..Don’t wait…

Have you made peace with God?

Have you made peace with God?

This is accomplished through faith in Jesus…
Ephesians 2:12 ESV
12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Ephesians 2:14 ESV
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility
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Ephesians 2:14 ESV
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility
Through Faith in Jesus we experience...
Through Faith in Jesus we experience...
Peace with God - Which the mist important thing of all
Peace within - Jesus has taken care of our past, walks with us in the present and has sealed our future…we don’t need to be worried
Peace with each other - Once you know the love of Jesus, it fuels you to love others
So if you have not made peace with God through his son Jesus In the words of Abner…For some time you’ve been seeking God’s kingdom…bring it about now!
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