THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL
ABNER AND JOAB BIBLE LESSON
ISHBOSHETH AND JOAB IN THE BIBLE
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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
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
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
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 Ishbosheth.
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
ABNER AND JOAB BIBLE MESSAGE
ISHBOSHETH AND JOAB IN THE BIBLE WARNING
1 Samuel 20:13-16
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.
And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the kindness of the LORD,
that I die not: 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. So Jonathan made a covenant with the house
of David, saying, Let the LORD even require it at the hand of David's
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.
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 was Mephibosheth.
Perhaps the author was making
the point that Ishbosheth and Mephibosheth would both be included in the
covenant that David made with Jonathan.
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
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