Text: 2 Samuel 1-3 – David reacts very differently to the news of Saul’s death than the messenger assumed he would.
A Common Thread
- He refused to celebrate the demise of his enemies (2 Samuel 1).
- He honored those who honored his enemies (2 Samuel 2:4-7).
- He refused to harbor a grudge against his enemies (2 Samuel 2:8-3:37).
|Army Commanders||Joab (brother of Asahel and Abishai)||Abner (Saul’s army commander)|
Peeling the Onion
David is voicing his inability to do anything about Joab (i.e. “My hands are tied. Even though I am king, I am not able to do anything against these rogues.”)
And today, though I am the anointed king, I am weak, and these sons of Zeruiah are too strong for me. May the Lord repay the evildoer according to his evil deeds!” (2 Samuel 3:39 NIV)
David making a statement about the distinctive nature of his reign (i.e. “Even though I am king and I had the authority, I acted gently toward Abner whereas Joab and Abishai have been harsh and violent in their response.”)
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!” (2 Samuel 3:39 ESV)
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