Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The Second Book of Samuel
Abner and Joab Bible Lesson
Ishbosheth and Joab in the Bible
Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is
our Abner and Joab Bible study taking a look into the Isbosheth and
Joab in the Bible story and how the thought provoking Abner and Joab
Bible message affects your be-YOU-tiful Christian walk.
Abner and Joab Bible Facts
Who Are Ishbosheth and Joab in the Bible
Hi there! Glad to have you back to share more Daily Bread. We have
quite an action packed story going on in David's life, don't we? As
you recall, Abner has just been murdered by Joab because Abner
killed his youngest brother Asahel, and was quite possibly about to
become an important player in David's government, because Abner had
turned his loyalty from Ishbosheth to David after Ishbosheth had
accused him of sleeping with Saul's concubine.
So, Joab's jealousy was the straw that broke the camel's back, so to
speak. (😏 I wonder if that was a popular saying back then.)
David, being a genuinely compassionate soul, was torn up about news
of Abner's death, and gave him an honorable burial.
The people were confident that David wasn't in any way responsible
for Abner's death and they were proud of the way he took it to heart.
This act of kindness toward Abner, who was David's enemy just days
before, increased the faith of David's people in their king, who
acted so righteously toward a man who had literally sought David's
life for years.
Abner and Joab Bible Study
Ishbosheth and Joab in the Bible Story
Let me remind you again, that Joab, Abishai, and the late Asahel
were David's nephews (the sons of his sister, Zeruiah). Perhaps
David felt obligated to keep Joab as his upper brass, even after
doing something that could embarrass their Uncle David greatly.
Family was a very important thing back then.
They were valiant men, that is certain, but if you're reading along
in your Bible, you'll find that several times David makes remarks to
the effect of "What am I gonna do with you sons of Zeruiah." You can
almost picture David shaking his head and saying to himself, "Tsk,
tsk, tsk, some people's kids."
Let's move on with our story now. The news of Abner's death reached
Ishbosheth, and it troubled him greatly ... In fact, all the
Israelites were distraught. After all, Abner had been Saul's right
hand man ... A hero in the maiden kingdom of Israel.
Now, there were two brothers of the tribe of Benjamin named Bannah,
and Rechab, who were captains in Ishbosheth's army. Remember now,
Abner convinced the entire house of Benjamin to follow David before
he died, and when these two brothers heard about Abner's death, they
figured they would gain favor with David, if they were to kill
Abner and Joab Bible Discussion
Ishbosheth and Joab in the Bible Concerns
So Bannah and Rechab went into Ishbosheth's home at noon while he
was taking a nap, and pretending that they were there to get wheat,
they snuck into Ishbosheth's room and struck him under the fifth rib.
Let's share a little Daily Bread Crumb ... It's been a while since
we've had one! What's the significance of striking under the fifth
rib? Well, the rib cage is there to protect the heart, kidneys,
lungs, etc., and one would have to thrust a sword with more force or
maybe at a perfect angle depending on the girth of your sword, in
order to get between two ribs and into a vital organ.
If you hit a rib, you might have to withdraw your sword and make
another lunge at your victim, possibly giving him enough time to
strike you. But below the fifth rib (a man has five on each side), a
sword can easily penetrate clear through the body. Appetizing little
crumb, wasn't it?
Okey dokey then ... 😁 ... Back to the story. Bannah and Rechab
then cut off Ishbosheth's head and took it with them, traveling the
whole night to Hebron, and they presented it to David as if the Lord
had avenged him of his enemy. But what they didn't know, was that
David had no animosity toward Ishbosheth, in fact, he had promised
Jonathan that he would show kindness to his family forever:
Abner and Joab Bible Message
Ishbosheth and Joab in the Bible Warning
1 Samuel 20:13-16
13 The Lord do so and much more to Jonathan: but if it
please my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send
thee away, that thou mayest go in peace: and the Lord be with thee,
as he hath been with my father.
14 And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the
kindness of the Lord, that I die not:
15 But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my
house for ever: no, not when the Lord hath cut off the enemies of
David every one from the face of the earth.
16 So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David,
saying, Let the Lord even require it at the hand of David's enemies.
Remember the Amalekite that thought David would be pleased with him
because he said that he killed Saul? What happened again to that guy?
Oh yeah, David had him killed because he killed God's anointed. The
death of Abner certainly did not make him happy. And now the son of
Saul has been killed because they believed it would please David.
David didn't respond the way they had hoped, and said, "As surely as
the Lord lives, the One who saves my soul from all trouble, I tell
you this ... When someone told me, Saul is dead, thinking that they
brought me good news, I killed him, when he supposed I would reward
him. Did you suppose I'd be any more pleased with evil doers that
murder a righteous man while he is asleep? Shouldn't I require your
blood for his?
Abner and Joab Bible Murders
Ishbosheth and Joab in the Bible Death
David then commanded that Bannah and Rechab be put to death, but to
emphasize his disapproval of their despicable deed, and of what he
thought was a disgrace to his honor, he had their hands and their
feet cut off and they were hung over the pool in Hebron. Then they
took the head of Ishbosheth and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner.
Now, if you're reading along in your Bible, you've noticed that
there's one verse in Chapter 4 that doesn't seem to fit in the story,
and that's why it seemed more appropriate to put it at the end, so
that it wouldn't distract from the rest of it.
2 Samuel 4:4
And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was
five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of
Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as
she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name
Perhaps the author was making the point that Ishbosheth and
Mephibosheth would both be included in the covenant that David made
Abner and Joab Bible Conclusion
Ishbosheth and Joab in the Bible Summary
We'll hear more about Mephibosheth later in 2 Samuel!
So, now that Ishbosheth is dead, it looks like the entire kingdom of
Israel will be under David's reign. Does that mean there will be some
peace and tranquility ahead for David? You'll have to come on back
soon and we'll find out together, right here at Daily Bread.
New Testament Daily Bread
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