Well, I guess boys will be boys! Get a group of them together, add some boredom and testosterone and they always seem to want to find out who is the strongest or fastest!
Abner, commander of Israel and Joab, commander of Judah, bring their men to the pool and sit on opposite sides challenging each other.
In 2 Samuel 2-4, we find that God has told David to head to Hebron in Judah and he will become king of Judah.
Meanwhile, Saul’s men are hanging out in Israel with Saul’s son Ish-Bosheth.
The pool party gets really nasty when the two opposing sides spar with one another and many end up dead, with Saul’s men taking the bigger hits.
Unfortunately, Joab’s brother chases Abner and ends up getting killed by him. This does not sit well with Joab.
Joab does not forgive and forget and once Abner tries to strike a deal with David, he gets lured into a trap by Joab and is killed.
David demands mourning for Abner and curses on Joab’s head for his evil deed.
Even when two of Ish-Bosheth’s men kill him and bring his head to David, the king of Judah demands their death.
David’s character continues to display a respect for the office and authority of those who the God of Israel has established. He believes that God has annointed them and if God wants them dead, He will take care of it himself.
It appears that God did.
Are we like Joab, who gets revenge on those who wrong him, or David who trusts God to deal with his enemies?
David was a warrior and knew there was a time for battle. After all, there were big issues at stake that were to accomplish greater purposes in God’s plan involving the nations of the world.
However, when attacks were directed at David personally, he often displayed the ability to let God judge and deal with the offender.
He was not a perfect man, but in this aspect of his character, he should be given credit.
“All the people took note and were pleased; indeed, everything the king did pleased them. So on that day all the people and all Israel knew that the king had no part in the murder of Abner son of Ner.” 2 Samuel 3:36,37