The Slaughter Of Abner

‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭3:27‬ ‭KJV‬‬ [27] And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the fifth rib, that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.

Joab’s intentions towards Abner were very different from that of David. Joab wanted revenge, David wanted reconciliation. David Guzik explains the crafty strategy of Joab: ” Joab took him aside in the gate: Joab carefully engineered this murder so that the killing was done outside the gate of Hebron. This was because Hebron was a city of refuge (Joshua 20:7), and it was against the law for Joab, as Asahel’s blood avenger, to kill Abner inside the city”. While Joab was a hardcore general, and cousin to David, he had little respect for the king. For this action, he will die very miserably. Joab’s actions were not for the honour of the king in waiting, but a miserable revenge for his brother Asahel. Guzik explains,” Joab may have justified this by the thought, “I’m doing this to defend and honor my king.” But our sin and treachery never honor our King. We must avoid the trap Spurgeon spoke of: “We may even deceive ourselves into the belief that we are honoring our Lord and Master when we are, all the while, bringing disgrace upon his name.” In your responses to life situations, we pray you honour God indeed. When your feedbacks glorify the devil, your end may be like Joab. Follow peace with all men.

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