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April 6 - Evening

"During the war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner had been strengthening his own position in the house of Saul. Now Saul had had a concubine named Rizpah daughter of Aiah. And Ish-Bosheth said to Abner,

'Why did you sleep with my father’s concubine?'

Abner was very angry because of what Ish-Bosheth said.
So he answered,

'Am I a dog’s head—on Judah’s side? This very day I am loyal to the house of your father Saul and to his family and friends. I haven’t handed you over to David. Yet now you accuse me of an offense involving this woman! May God deal with Abner, be it ever so severely, if I do not do for David what the Lord promised him on oath and transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and establish David’s throne over Israel and Judah from Dan to Beersheba.'

Ish-Bosheth did not dare to say another word to Abner,
because he was afraid of him."

- Second Samuel 3:6-11

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Ish-Bosheth Accuses His General of Treason    

David’s military general was Joab. Joab was also David’s nephew and the brother of Abishai and Asahel. These three boys were the sons of David’s older sister Zeruiah (1 Chron. 2:16).

Saul’s military general had been Abner. Abner was Saul’s cousin (1 Samuel 14:50). After Saul’s death and the death of the heir apparent, Prince Jonathan, it appears that Abner may have begun to make a series of political moves towards putting himself on the throne of Israel. Atleast, that is what Ish-Bosheth, one of Saul’s surviving sons accuses Abner of planning.

One of the strategies Abner is accused of using to secure the throne was to sleep with Rizpah (whose name means “hot stone”), one of Saul’s concubines. This was an act equivalent to usurping the throne. Abner had publicly put himself forward as having successfully ascended the throne of Saul. In the ancient Near Eastern culture sleeping with the king’s wife or concubine was exactly that – the usurping of the throne. This is seen in 2 Samuel 16:21-22 when David’s son Absolom is adviced to sleep with David’s concubines on the roof of the palace in the sight of all Israel. Even Adonijah’s mere request to marry Abishag, the young woman who had cared for his aged father, King David, was considered an act of treason by King Solomon. Solomon ordered the death of Adonijah that very day (1 Kings 2:22-27).

Abner is clearly offended by Ish-Bosheth’s accusation, which as far as we can tell from the text could have been a false accusation as easily as it could have been a true accusation. If it was a false accusation by Ish-Bosheth then it could have been the result of Ish-Bosheth’s paranoia and insecurity. Ish-Bosheth could be accusing his leading man and most loyal supporter in the same way that Saul had accused his leading man David. It is safe to assume there were many other’s (including Jonathan at times) that Saul had driven away because of his insecurity and paranoia.

This conversation is enough to send Abner over to David and Judah’s side. It may be that after having served Saul all those years while he hunted innocent David like a criminal that Abner is not willing to go on that ride again with Saul’s son who is showing signs of the same obsessive paranoia.

Abner vowed to Ish-Bosheth’s face that he would hand the kingdom of Israel over to David. Ish-Bosheth was left powerless. He had no words and no counter maneuver.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“To modern man in his frustration and despair, the full-orbed gospel of Christ, as Paul presents it to the Colossians, is the one message of hope.”
– F. F. Bruce



Something to Ponder??

The New Testament has:
- New Commandment (Jn13:34;1Jn2:7-8;2 Jn5)
- New Creation (2Co5:17; Gal.6:15)
-New Heaven (2 Pet.3:13; Rev.21:1)
- New Man (Ephesians 2:15)
- New Self (Ephesians 4:24)
- New Covenant (Lk 22:20)
- New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:2)
- New Song (Rev. 5:9; 14:3)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Exelko (Gr) – Drawn Away (Eng) – exelko is Greek word that means "drawn away" in James 1:14. Exelko comes from the root word helko meaning "to draw," "to tug," and "to compel." Helko has
the prefix ek (meaning "out" and "away") added to it in James 1:14 to make this
word exelko which means to be "drawn out" and "tugged away" from God's way for man.

When the Babylonian officials entered Jerusalem in July of 586 BC Jeremiah 39:3 says they sat in the Middle Gate. This gate has been found in Jerusalem’s north wall near the Broad Wall built by Hezekiah around 700 BC. (Details here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I create problems by reading too much into situations or people's words?
Do I respond negatively because of fear or suspicion?
I will trust God and not allow fear to cloud my view of reality and
my ability to evaluate situations and people accurately.
  "Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;
    he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy."

- Proverbs 6:15
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) First Samuel 23 Judges 21
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

Confess sin

Avoid self-righteous attitudes

Foreign conflicts

Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
The Strouthion Pool, a pool in the Western Wall Tunnels near the NW 

A map of today's Old City of Jerusalem with the Pool of Bethesda located in the NE part of the city in the Muslim Quarter.

A map of today's Old City of Jerusalem with the Pool of Bethesda located in the NE part of the city in the Muslim Quarter. (More details here.)

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The Strouthion Pool, a pool in the Western Wall Tunnels near the NW 
corner of the Temple Mount that was an open air pool in the days of the New Testament, but was covered by Hadrian in 135 AD.
(See map here. Details here.)

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