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Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this Abner Bible study on Abner Bible story. This Abner Bible study on Abner Bible verses looks at the Abner Bible story and asks who is the Abner Bible character, what is the Abner Bible story about, what is the Abner Bible message, who is in the Abner Bible story, what occurred in the Abner Bible story, when did the Abner Bible story occur, why is the Abner Bible story important and how does the Abner Bible message affect your Christian walk. Let us seek and find the truth within the Bible of the Abner Bible story with Abner Bible message together in this Abner Bible study, shall we?


THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL


CHAPTER
3


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           Welcome back to Daily Bread!  So happy you're here for another slice! These books of Samuel are action packed, aren't they? Let's recap briefly what happened in our last chapter, shall we? King Saul died so there was no danger in David returning back to his home territory, so God told David to go to Hebron, and the people of Judah pronounced David king of Judah. Remember he lived in Ziklag for the past year and four months. Ziklag was the city that Achish, the king of Gath gave to David, which was in the land that the Philistines occupied.

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Meanwhile, Ishbosheth, a surviving son of Saul's, took the throne over the remainder of Israel. Then Ishbosheth's general, Abner, challenged Davidís general, Joab, to a fight ... Twelve of Israel's men against twelve of Judah's men. The results of the challenge turned out to be a tie ... With both sides losing all their men! But the frenzy of the whole competition caused each side to attach each other in mayhem and Davidís men were clearly defeating Abnerís men. Then Asahel (Joab's little brother) set his mind to chasing after Abner to kill him, but it ended up the other way around ... Asahel was killed. So Joab and his other brother Abishai, continued chasing after Abner to kill him, but Abner convinced Joab (or so it seems) to end the challenge that turned awry, and they backed off. 

And thatís where our story picks up today Ö 

This was the beginning of a long and destructive war between the followers of Saul and the followers of David. But David only grew stronger and stronger, and Saulís people grew weaker and weaker. 

During the time that David lived in Hebron, he had six sons, by six different wives (from oldest to youngest) they were:

Amnon, whose mother was Ahinoam

Chileab, whose mother was Abigail

Absalom, whose mother was Maacah

Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith

Shephatiah, whose mother was Abital

Ithream, whose mother was Eglah 

As the war went on between the people of Saul and the people of David, Abner, became a leader for the people of Saul. Don't forget, Abner had been Saul's general from the beginning. After serving forty years, no doubt he was well versed not only in warfare, but in every aspect of the government of Saul. Then Saul's son, who, by the way isn't anointed by the Lord, takes the throne ... So who do you think is really in control of things concerning the kingdom, despite who has the title of king? The people are all well acquainted with Abner as well. They know and trust him.

It came to pass one day, that Ishbosheth accused Abner of sleeping with Saul's concubine, Rizpah. This enraged Abner and knowing the power he held with all of Israel, he said to Ishbosheth, ďI protect the interests of Saulís kingdom faithfully and you treat me like a dog? I havenít handed you over to David, yet you accuse me falsely about a woman? Let God punish me if now I donít help David get the kingdom the Lord has promised him and set up his throne from one end of Israel to the other. Ishbosheth was lost for words now, because he was afraid of Abner. 

So Abner sent messengers to David saying, ďLetís make an agreement and Iíll help to bring all of Israel to you.Ē David responded, ďIíll make an agreement with you, but to prove your sincerity, bring me my wife, Michal, Saulís daughter, when you come and see me.Ē Then David sent a message to Ishbosheth also, saying, ďSend me my wife, Michal, my reward for killing 100 Philistines.Ē 

Remember that story in 1 Samuel 18:20-37

So Ishbosheth sent and took Michal away from her husband Phaltiel, who followed behind her crying the whole way to Bahurium.  Then Abner told him to go back home, so he left. 

Abner contacted the elders of Israel, and apparently at some time during the reign of Ishbosheth, they wanted to turn their allegiance to David, but Abner had dissuaded them, but now he told them to go ahead and forsake Ishbosheth and turn their hearts to David since they knew that the Lord had anointed David to be king. Abner also specifically addressed the tribe of Benjamin, who, as we discussed before, were quite possibly Ishbosheth's guards and VIPs. He then presented himself to David, accompanied by twenty of his men, with the report that all of Israel, including the whole tribe of Benjamin were ready to be David's subjects.

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As you might imagine, this pleased David well and he threw a big party for them. Then Abner told David that he'd go and rally all of Israel together to make him their king. With that, David sent Abner away in peace. 

Just after Abner had left, Davidís men and Joab returned from a raid, and brought a great deal of things with them from the places they invaded. When Joab was told that Abner was just there and left, he was astonished and he approached the king and asked, ďWhat have you done? Why did you let Abner go when you knew he came to deceive you, spy on you, and discover all your upcoming plans?Ē

Joab left David and sent messengers after Abner without Davidís knowledge. They caught up with him and when they brought Abner back to Hebron, Joab took him aside and to avoid suspicion, he spoke cordially to Abner, then struck him with his sword under his fifth rib, killing him, exactly as Abner had killed his brother Asahel. 

Now, remember, we talked a little about Joab's brother Abishai's character a couple of times so far. Abishai was a predictable sort, but didn't really take matters into his own hands the way his brother Joab did. One would probably conclude that Joab was acting on two very strong emotions ... Jealousy, that Abner would attain a higher ranking in David's kingdom, and anger, that Abner had killed his little brother Asahel. Joab, being quite a bit of a hothead, must have been absolutely simmering with emotion at the news of Abner's acceptance ... Why, they even threw him a party! Joab just couldn't handle it, that Abner may possibly receive a greater state of dignity than himself, and he snapped. 

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Many may believe that Joab was justified in killing Abner, because Abner instigated the whole melee that sparked Asahel's anger and caused him to chase after Abner. If it was anyone else besides his brother, would Joab have reacted so? Certainly Joab, being a fairly seasoned army general was accustomed to losing soldiers, it's an unfortunate occupational hazard that cannot be avoided in the business of war. But when emotions are involved, it's hard to be objective ... Anyone who has ever been in such situations can relate, but only the Lord can judge. Can anyone ever go wrong taking the forgiveness route? How did David feel about it?

When David found out that Abner was killed, it grieved his soul and he said:

2 Samuel 3:28-29
... I and my kingdom are guiltless before the LORD for ever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner: Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all his father's house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an issue, or that is a leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that falleth on the sword, or that lacketh bread.

 David ordered Joab and everyone that was with him to mourn for and honor Abner with the traditional customs of rending their clothes and wearing sackcloth, and king David himself followed behind the coffin. They buried Abner in Hebron, and the king and all the people wept. And the king spoke about Abner's death:

2 Samuel 3:33-34
Died Abner as a fool dieth? Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet put into fetters: as a man falleth before wicked men, so fellest thou.

And all the people wept again. 

The death of Abner affected David so deeply that when people urged David to eat something, he wouldn't because he swore that he wouldnít eat anything until sunset. The people took note and were pleased with this; anything the king did pleased the people. The people and all of Israel understood that day that David was not responsible for Abnerís death in any way. David said to his servants, ďDonít you realize that a great leader and good man has died today in Israel? Though I am an anointed king, I am weak today. These sons of Zeruiah are too much for me. The Lord won't let them get away with it. 

 I canít wait to see you back here tomorrow for more Daily Bread!

 

 

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