Ishbosheth tried to be the king after Saul died (02 December)



Ishbosheth tried to be the king after Saul died (02 December)

Bible Passage: II Samuel 2:8-10

Today's Reading: "But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim; And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel. Ishbosheth Saul's son was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David."

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While Saul had been the king of Israel, he had planned for his son, Jonathan, to be his successor. However, that plan had not worked out exactly as he had wished. Early into his reign, he had done some things that had disobeyed God's direct instructions. So the Lord had stripped the kingdom from him. At the same time, God had also directed the Prophet Samuel to anoint David, the son of Jesse, to be Saul's future replacement. Saul had not been pleased to learn that his kingdom would be turned over to a person outside of his family. In fact, when he had suspected that everything might go to David, he had even tried to have him killed.

Though he had come close a few times, he had never succeeded in getting David out of the picture. In II Samuel 2:8-17, after Saul had been killed in battle, David had been in perfect position to become Israel's new king. The only hitch had been that another of Saul's sons, named Ishbosheth, had also wanted to be the king. So he had tried to quickly establish his rule after his father's death. The result had been that part of the kingdom had followed after David and that part had followed after Ishbosheth. That had created an ongoing conflict between the two factions. David's army under the leadership of Joab,and Ishbosheth's army under the leadership of Abner had often battled one another. Gradually over time, though, David's side had begun to strengthen. In fact, two men named Racab and Baanah had, in II Samuel 4:5-8, killed Ishbosheth. They had then taken his head to David in Hebron. Shortly after that, David had become the ruler over Israel. According to II Samuel 5:4-5, he had remained as their king for the next thirty-three years.

David had not been pleased by the actions of Racab and Baanah. But the Lord had used what they had done to accomplish His plan. Ishbosheth, had tried to overrule God's decree. But that had been impossible since the Lord is in control of everything. So wise people will learn early in life to trust their lives to Him.

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