Read 2 Samuel 4:1-12

David would not tolerate injustice over the murder of Ishbosheth.


v 8 When they arrived at Hebron, they presented Ishbosheth’s head to David. “Look!” they exclaimed to the king. “Here is the head of Ishbosheth, the son of your enemy Saul who tried to kill you. Today the Lord has given my lord the king revenge on Saul and his entire family!”

Once again the idea of revenge takes over; so much so that these two men think they are doing David a service by killing Saul’s son in cold blood. And again, David is devastated by their wrongful action and orders their immediate execution.

This simply adds to the yesterday’s sad tale of murder and shows up David’s desire to rule fairly, putting justice as a key priority in his reign.

Slowly, we see coming together the notion of maintaining justice in God’s rule of His Kingdom. The Messiah, Jesus, would be emphasising just the same values in His Kingdom. The downtrodden would be lifted up, unrepentant sinners dealt with and proper justice established. Right now we see all too little of that in the world around us, but the King who cares for His people will return to rule over His eternal Kingdom.

 

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