2 Samuel 3
Notes on Sin
SIN - The war between David and the house of Saul continued for a long time. (v.1) The battle in the previous chapter started the struggle, and it went on to hurt people and keep a nation divided. When we choose to fight against others, it causes pain and disturbs us in a way that will affect us for many days to come.
SIN - Abner promised to leave Ish-Bosheth and the house of Saul to serve David, making him the successor as king. (v.9,10) He even promised it as an oath to God, yet he didn’t promise that he hadn’t slept with the concubine of Saul. He ran away from his sin and his problems, and abandoned his commitment to save his own reputation. When times got too tough, Abner went running. He might have been a great warrior on the battlefield, but he had a habit of retreating in tough times.
SIN - 1). Joab sent for Abner and had him brought back, but he didn’t tell David about it. (v.26) He went to David to talk about Abner, but he didn’t have permission to confront him. He sent for Abner secretly, showing that he was up to no good. If we have to do things in secret, maybe we shouldn’t be doing them at all. We need to keep our leaders informed on all of the important movements we are making. 2). Joab pulled Abner aside to talk, but then killed him. (v.27) Abner must have thought he was going to have a private discussion, but Abner was fooled. Joab killed him to avenge his brothers. Joab acted without his leader's permission and in a secret, deceptive way; a way that wasn’t even acceptable for a warrior. Joab never said anything to David about avenging his brothers death, only about the concern that Abner would trick them. Joab was harboring a secret vendetta of vengeance to extract bitterness on Abner by murdering him. When we don’t forgive others, the bitterness will eat us alive until we tragicallysin ourselves. 3). Joab and his family suffered because of Joab’s act of vengeance. (v.29) When he killed Abner, he incurred God’s wrath on his entire family. They will now constantly struggle with problems and sickness as God’s punishment for his murderous act. When we sin, we will be punished, and it will affect those closest to us as well.