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Week 15 Day 1
King Saul is now dead
the army of Saul and
a commander named Abner
have filled the vacancy
David is the rising star
he carries the anointing of God
in his spirit
and waits to fulfill his destiny
David also has an army and a commander named Joab.
David becomes progressively stronger
The army of Saul weakens
Abner begs for truce - Stop the bloodshed!
But this is war
neither side can trust the other.
When Joab's brother, Asahel, pursued Abner
Abner had two undesirable choices
to kill him
or be killed
To kill Joab's brother meant to live in constant danger of revenge
for the rest of his life
Abner chose to live
Tomorrow would be another day.
THE GENERALS A struggle for power and loyalties. II Samuel 2
8Abner the commander of Saul's army, took Ishbosheth the
son of Saul; 9and he made him king over Gilead and over all
Israel. 10Ishbosheth was forty years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned two years. Only the house of Judah followed
David. 11The time that David was king in Hebron over the
house of Judah was seven years.
12Abner and the servants of Ishbosheth went to Gibeon.
13Joab and the servants of David, went out and met them
by the pool of Gibeon. They sat down, one on one side of the
pool and the other on the other side. 14Then Abner said to
Joab, "Let the young men arise and compete before us." And
Joab said, "Let them arise." 17There was a very fierce battle
that day, and Abner and the men of Israel were beaten before
the servants of David.
18Now the three sons of Zeruiah were there: Joab, Abishai
and Asahel. Asahel was as fleet of foot as a wild gazelle.
19So Asahel pursued Abner. 20Then Abner looked behind
him and said, "Are you Asahel?" He answered, "I am."
21And Abner said to him, "Take armor for yourself." But
Asahel would not.
22Abner said again to Asahel, "Turn aside from following
me. Why should I strike you to the ground? How then could
I face your brother Joab?" 23However, he refused to turn aside. Therefore Abner struck him in the stomach with the blunt end of the spear; and he fell down there and died on the spot.
24Joab and Abishai also pursued Abner. The sun was
going down when they came to the hill of Ammah by the road to the Wilderness of Gibeon. 25Now the children of Benjamin gathered together behind Abner and became a unit, and took their stand on top of a hill. 26Then Abner called to Joab and said, "Shall the sword devour forever? Do you not know that it will be bitter in the latter end? How long will it be then until you tell the people to return from pursuing their brethren?" 28So Joab blew a trumpet; and all the people stood still and did not pursue Israel anymore.
30There were missing of David's servants nineteen men and Asahel. 31But the servants of David had struck down three hundred and sixty men. Joab and his men went all night, and they came to Hebron at daybreak. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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