A New King!

Last week we studied how David mourned the deaths of Saul and Jonathan. David recited a  poem called the “The Song of Bows.” In the poem the phrase, “How the mighty have fallen,” was repeated three times. In a moving and beautiful manner, David expressed an honorable tribute to these men whom David loved and missed. There was now, however, a power vacuum, particularly in Judah, now that Saul and three of his sons by his wife Ahinoam were gone.

However, with the death of Saul the door was now opened for David as the future king. (2 Samuel 2:1–4)  Samuel had anointed the future king more than 15 years before (1 Samuel 16:13). 

David, therefore, sought the mind of God and was told to go to Hebron where, at last, he was formally installed by oil-anointing as king over … Judah. 

This was a decisive and important move for it immediately alienated him from the Philistines with whom he had taken refuge and made an alliance. Davis as Judah’s king,  signified the apparent independence of Judah from Israel. This move also asserted David’s reign as being in rivalry with that of Saul’s son, Ish-Bosheth, who succeeded his father in the North.

David was appointed by God. The Lord instructed David to go to Hebron. There the elders of Judah anointed him king. His first act as king was the gracious commendation of the men of Jabesh Gilead who had bravely rescued the body of Saul (1 Samuel 31:8–13).

In contrast, Abner, Saul’s general, installed Saul’s surviving son, Ish-Bosheth, as David’s rival. Ish-Bosheth’s name means “man of shame.” His name was was changed from the original Esh-Baal which means “man of Baal.” (1 Chronicles 8:33; 9:39).

In 2 Samuel 2, we read about our first outbreak of war between the two Jewish factions. Abner confronted Joab, David’s general, in battle at Gibeon. Abner was pursued by Joab’s brother, Asahel. Abner warned him to stop, but he continued; and Abner was forced to kill him. This decision will have grave consequences. 

By | 2018-09-03T16:39:19+00:00 September 3rd, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

About the Author:

Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 23 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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