More Moments About 2 Samuel 4

Krista Williams

When Rechab and Baanah presented David with Ish-Bosheth’s head they came with blood on their hands and the Lord’s name on their lips saying, “This day the LORD has avenged my lord the king against Saul and his offspring” (2 Samuel 4:8b).

These men are simply name-dropping and using the Lord’s name in vain to manipulate the situation and validate their wicked actions. Their spiritual sounding words are nothing more than a technique that enables them to justify their sin.

Our sin always seems more appealing when we dress it up with a little theology. But sinful behavior is still sinful no matter how hard we try to cover it up or justify it. And God is not fooled by our church talk.

David is not fooled either. He quickly reminds them of the truth. It is the Lord alone who has redeemed his life out of every adversity. David never thought or needed to act unrighteously or unfaithfully to take hold of the kingship God would give him.

David trusted God. He waited for God’s timing and refused to take action ahead of time. (1 Samuel 24:15; 26:10) Are you facing a season of adversity in your life right now? Will you commit to trust God and wait on His timing?

David’s story reminds us that the Lord is forever faithful. He will redeem our life out of every adversity if we will submit our hearts to Him and wait for His timing.

Psalm 49:15

Psalm 56:8-13 

Psalm 103:1-5

Psalm 40:1-3 

Major Moment: Ish-Bosheth is murdered by David’s men at Hebron.

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