Reading 2 Samuel 1 – 3 for today…
“…The LORD shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.” 2 Samuel 3:39 b (KJB)
There are battles withing kingdoms of men. There are battles which occur within each individual man and woman.
King Saul had died in the battle with the Philistines by falling on his own sword, for fear that the enemy would mistreat him if he were taken alive. David had been chosen as King of Judah, but the other tribes were still being led by the General of Saul’s army, and he had appointed the young son of Saul, Ishbosheth, as king. That is an inside battle. A nation at war against itself.
Abner had been murdered by Joab, David’s General, because Joab because in a battle between the two factions Abner had killed Asahel Joab’s brother. Joab killed Abner in hatred, revenge, and at a time David had made peace with Abner. It was not the act of King David. It was the act of a vengeful Joab.
Joab’s act was a wicked act against God and King David. The words of David in the Scripture of 2 Samuel 3:39 are words that are just and right.
Again the reader is reminded that there are consequences to our actions. Good from good. Evil from evil. We all reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7).
The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). We need; all of us who take a breath of air; need to flee to the cross of Jesus Christ where, there alone, our sin debt is paid in full.
“The LORD shall repay the evildoer according to his wickedness.”
Our hope; mine and yours; lies in the death, the burial, and resurrection of Jesus.