Introducing The Beerothites

‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭4:1‭-‬3‬ ‭KJV‬‬ [1] And when Saul’s son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled. [2] And Saul’s son had two men that were captains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (for Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin: [3] and the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were sojourners there until this day.)

This three verses introduce the next two characters who will carry the story forward. It concludes the ruler ship of
Ishbosheth and presents us with his vulnerability. The three captains have now deserted Saul’s son. Note that David didn’t need to struggle to be king. By the time the Beerothite brothers finally got to David with the head of Ishbosheth, they were killed like the Amalekite who took the crown to Ziglak. David did not want disloyal people on his team. There are several lessons here. If God promised it, He will do it. We don’t need to cut corners to get into Gods promise. The death of the three captains demonstrate that God rewards every rebellion in kind. All rebels end up dead, shortened from continuing in life. Rebellion is regarded as a sin compared to witchcraft. David cut off their hands and feet as a mark of abhorrence of their crime. Then he buried Ishbosheth well. David consistently demonstrated good heart to Saul’s house because of a covenant relationship with Johnathan. How do you react to people who may have betrayed you as Saul did to David? We will find his David managed his case tomorrow.

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