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Crowned Twice . . . . . . 2 Samuel 3:8-21

Crowned Twice . . . 

   . . . 2 Samuel 3:8-21

 

The recent marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ranks in the top ten of the most expensive weddings.  Pundits estimate the cost of their wedding to be between $35 million to $45 million dollars. Viewers from all over the world enjoyed the pomp and ceremony. Equally impressive was the royal couple's decision to give about $150,000 worth of flowers to Hospice Centers.  Don't you know this gift brightened the day of these elderly recipients?

 

David reigned seven and one-half years over Judah.  Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, reigned two years over Israel.   The theme of this section is David's efforts to unite the two kingdoms and to become king of all 12 tribes.

 

The Need for Unification.  War existed between the House of Saul and the House of David.  Within the House of Saul, there was conflict.  General Abner was the real power behind the throne. Ish-bosheth was his puppet until Abner had a change of plans.  This mind-change occurred when Ish-bosheth accused Abner of sleeping with one of Saul's concubines.  If true, this was tantamount to wanting to assume the throne.  That accusation was the straw that broke the camel's back. "Am I a dog's head that belongs to Judah?" 2 Samuel 3:8b (NKJV) Ouch!  What an insult. (Many scholars believe the accusation was true.)

 

Joab's Revenge.  Abner displayed his deceit by offering to make a unification covenant with David.  David first insisted that Abner bring him Michal, his wife, whom Saul had given to another man.  This would be Abner's sign of good faith. When David's men found out about the covenant with Abner, they were incensed.  Especially Joab, because Abner had earlier killed his brother Asahel (see 2 Samuel 2:23).  Joab got his revenge by killing Abner (see 2 Samuel 3:26-30).

 

The Kingdom United.  David's patience paid off.  He was crowned a second time.  This time, he became King over a united kingdom, as God intended.  King David's rule was successful and God blessed him.  His ultimate successor was King Jesus, who will rule and reign over the kingdoms of the earth forever. "God has highly exalted Him and given Him a name above every name. . . Every knee should bow . . . and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:9-10b (NKJV)   King Jesus . . . King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Bless His holy name.

 

Charles Foxworth

 

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Education (Ret.)--Louisiana Tech University -- Ruston, Louisiana

Supply Minister for Concord/Union Baptist Association, Ruston, Louisiana

 

 

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