2 Samuel 2* David made king in Hebron. (1-7) Abner makes Ishbosheth kingBattle between Abner's men and those of Joab. (8-17) Asahelslain by Abner: 25-32. Both parties retreat. (18-24) #1-7. After the death of Saul, many went to David at Ziklag,#1Ch 12:22|, but he trusted in God who promised him the kingdom,to give it in his own time and manner. Yet assurance of hope inGod's promise, will quicken pious endeavours. If I be chosen tothe crown of life, it does not follow, Then I will do nothing;but, Then I will do all that God directs me. This good use Davidmade of his election, and so will all whom God has chosen. Inall our journeys and removes, it is comfortable to see God goingbefore us; and we may do so, if by faith and prayer we set Himbefore us. God, according to the promise, directed David's path.David rose gradually: thus the kingdom of the Messiah, the Sonof David, is set up by degrees; he is Lord of all, but we seenot yet all things put under him.#8-17. The nation in general refused David. By this the Lordtrained up his servant for future honour and usefulness; and thetendency of true godliness was shown in his behaviour whilepassing through various difficulties. David was herein a type ofChrist, whom Israel would not submit to, though anointed of theFather to be a Prince and a Saviour to them. Abner meant, Letthe young men fight before us, when he said, Let them playbefore us: fools thus make a mock at sin. But he is unworthy thename of a man, that can thus trifle with human blood.18-24 Death often comes by ways we least suspect. We are oftenbetrayed by the accomplishments we are proud of! Asahel'sswiftness, which he presumed so much upon, did him no service,but hastened his end. 25-32 Abner appeals to Joab concerning the miserableconsequences of a civil war. Those who make light of suchunnatural contests, will find that they are bitterness to allconcerned. How easy it is for men to use reason, when it makesfor them, who would not use it, if it made against them! See howthe issue of things alter men's minds! The same thing whichlooked pleasant in the morning, at night looked dismal. Thosewho are most forward to enter into contention, will repentbefore they have done with it, and had better leave it offbefore it be meddled with, as Solomon advises. This is true ofevery sin, oh that men would consider it in time, that it willbe bitterness in the latter end! Asahel's funeral is herementioned. Distinctions are made between the dust of some andthat of others; but in the resurrection no difference will bemade, but between the godly and ungodly, which will remain forever.
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