2 Samuel 3:6-4:12: If we keep repeating lies, beware the new "truth"
How does conceit and deceit go hand in hand?
The outcome of a war sometimes hinges on improbable circumstances. Here Ish-Bosheth angers Abner, the real power behind his throne, by accusing him of sleeping with a concubine of Saul. Abner is incited to change his loyalty to David, sending messengers to him with that proposal. David is favorable to Abner’s defection provided he brings Michal, David’s wife, with him. Abner does so, coming to feast with David, and proposing a meeting to form a treaty between David and the elders of Israel.
Meanwhile Joab, who has been on a raid, returns to David’s headquarters to find his hated enemy, the murderer of his brother, has offered his loyalty. Joab at first tries to convince David that Abner is a spy. When that fails, Joab takes matters in his own hands, sets up a secret meeting with Abner, and stabs him to death.
David reacts with outrage, proclaiming his innocence for this ungodly act, and calling on the Lord to curse Joab and his family. David attends the funeral for Abner, mourns him in sackcloth and with fasting, and sings a lament over him. The people realize that David had no part in Abner’s murder. However, this deed sets back David’s cause since Abner was about to deliver the whole kingdom of Israel into his hands.
What are you not being completely truthful about recently?
Are you telling a lie to yourself, to someone else, to God?
God of integrity, cleanse our lives of deceit.
DR. GARY HOLLOWAY
Gary Holloway is Executive Director of the World Convention. Holding degrees from Freed-Hardeman, Harding, The University of Texas, and Emory University, he has written or edited thirty books, including (with Douglas Foster) Renewing God’s World: A Concise Global History of the Stone-Campbell Movement from ACU Press. He is married to Deb Rogers Holloway.