Read 2 Samuel 3:12-39

David’s feelings about the murder of Abner.


v 32. They buried Abner in Hebron, and the king and all the people wept at his graveside.

For quite a few years Abner had opposed David’s rule; he remained loyal to the memory of Saul and worked to support his family in trying to govern the nation. But times had changed, and we now find Abner trying to bring about a reconciliation between David and what remained of Saul’s family, joining the 12 tribes together as one united people. David accepted that Abner was now wanting to cooperate with him, and sent him on his way with good intent. One of David’s loyal lieutenants, Joab, however, was bent on personal revenge and was determined to assassinate Abner. The whole story is a sad one of a personal vendetta played out in public. The final two verses of the reading are quite revealing, showing something of the fragility of David’s position as King ( Then King David said to his officials, “Don’t you realize that a great commander has fallen today in Israel?  And even though I am the anointed king, these two sons of Zeruiah—Joab and Abishai—are too strong for me to control” ) And so we have another funeral song carrying the message that David was not responsible for the murder of Abner. (vv 33-34)

David was a man who wanted to let bygones be bygones, and to unite people in moving forward together. It is good to let go of past hurts rather than let them dominate the future. Our own peace of mind and mental wellbeing often depend on us learning this lesson.

Thursday 15th July Daily Notes from The Hub