Today’s passage: 2 Samuel 2
- Instead of immediate conquest after Saul’s death, David inquired of the Lord.
- Hebron was one of, if not the most distinguished cities in Judah (David’s tribe).
- It was a city of refuge (A safe place for people accused of manslaughter to flee).
- It was a city for the priesthood. David was accompanied by Abiathar the priest.
- David probably brought over 1,000 people with him to Hebron and it’s surrounding villages counting the men who fought with him and their families.
- David sought to show empathy and respect to those who mourned over and respected Saul. He was trying to do the right things the right way. Others sought the world’s methods. We will see more examples of this in the next few chapters.
- Regardless of how people handled themselves, God’s sovereign will would always be accomplished.
Questions to consider:
- If Abner saw Joab as the first in command of David’s army, what did he have to gain by taking Saul’s son and seeking to re-establish the kingdom through Saul’s descendant?
- How does the difference in years in verses 10-11 show David’s patience? How long would David have reigned in Judah before Ish-bosheth even was made king over the rest of Israel? Was David pushing things through or was he waiting on the Lord’s timing?
- Why did David eventually become king over all Israel? Whose faithfulness was ultimately put to the test and proven? What promises has God given us in His word? Why do you know all of God’s promises will be fulfilled?