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
Therefore Abner struck him in the stomach with the
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
to the Wilderness of Gibeon.  25Now the children of
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
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
Asahel.  31But the servants of David had struck down
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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