2 Samuel 2
Notes on Leadership
LEADERSHIP - David sent word to the men of Jabesh Gilead. (v.5-7) He thanked them for rescuing Saul’s body and giving Saul a proper burial. He promised to be kind to them as Saul had been, and asked for their support of him as the new King of Judah. He respected what was important to them, and then asked them to be faithful to him. He wanted to earn their loyalty as a leader.
LEADERSHIP - 1). Ish-bosheth and David were both kings in Israel at the same time. (v.10,11) They were trying to rule in spite of each other. Whenever we have two leaders on the same level who aren’t working together, division and war will be imminent. 2). Abner and Joab allowed their young men to fight each other for entertainment. (v.14,15) They would kill each other for sport, to see who was tougher and stronger. These generals should have protected the lives of their valiant men from such frivolous violence. Their pride got the best of them and their lust for blood was too much to contain. Leaders need to learn to put the needs of their men over their own. 3). Joab blew the trumpet and the men came to a halt. (v.28) He stopped the pursuit of battle. Abner encouraged him to stop and Joab obliged. The men wouldn’t stop pursuing until Joab blew the trumpet and sounded the alarm. Leaders must be aware of the time to start and the time to stop, because the people will follow their lead.