Tag: 2 Samuel 2:30-31

Grabbing leadership?

Scripture reading for March 25: 2nd Samuel 1-4

The Bible declares that it is God who raises up leaders and brings them down. (Psalm 75:6-7)  The flesh, however, harbors a spirit of competition.  It desires to take over power, take over position, and have it’s own way.  This leads to factions, murder, and war.  Galatians 5:19-21 describes some of the works of the sinful nature as dissensions, factions, envy, and selfish ambitions.  These sins cause competition and the resultant discord and evil.

David became king over the house of Judah.  David set up his kingship in Hebron as the Lord directed him.  (2nd Samuel 2:1-3)  David did not try and take over all of Israel or to destroy Saul’s house.  He was a man of character and knew that God would place him where He desired.  Ish-Bosheth, son of Saul, was made king over the rest of Israel by Abner, the commander of Saul’s army.  There was rivalry between the two groups. The spirit of Saul was still at work, even though he was gone.

This competition took a deadly turn as Joab, commander of David’s army and Abner, commander of Ish-Bosheth’s army met one day at the pool of Gibeon.  A contest of hand to hand fighting resulted in the deaths of 19 of David’s men and 360 of Abner’s men!  (2nd Samuel 2:30-31)  The war between these two factions went on for a long time.  If both factions would have simply listened to God and to David, the anointed king, all the strife and bloodshed could have been avoided.

2 Samuel 3:1 “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.”

When we center on self, as opposed to God’s will, trouble always results.  God makes His will plain, if we have ears to hear it.  In the case of David, he had already been anointed as king by Samuel.   Saul’s son, Ish-Bosheth, and the commander of Saul’s army, Abner, refused to listen or seek the Lord.  The result was war and discord that caused the death of innocent people and turmoil among God’s people.

Are you filled with envy over a person who seems to have a job, position, or relationship that you feel you deserve?  Are you involved in factions and dissention?   Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace and He will place us where we need to be to accomplish His plan for our lives!  Walk honestly with Him and others.

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