The bloodlust and murder continued in our last chapter of 2 Samuel and by the title of this chapter, we get another dose of it! God loves murder and he’s going to make sure you do too!
“When Ish-Bosheth son of Saul heard that Abner had died in Hebron, he lost courage, and all Israel became alarmed.” – 2 Samuel 4:1
And he should! Although David did not order Abner’s death, David is clearly an unstable person! Who knows what he could do under God’s guidance?!?!
“(Jonathan son of Saul had a son who was lame in both feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but as she hurried to leave, he fell and became disabled. His name was Mephibosheth.)” – 2 Samuel 4:4
I love that the NIV version of the Bible has this in parenthesis. So there’s a 5 year old lame in both feet, but now he’s more disabled because his nurse fell while carrying him? WTF? Why is this even mentioned?!?!?!
“Now Rekab and Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, set out for the house of Ish-Bosheth, and they arrived there in the heat of the day while he was taking his noonday rest. 6 They went into the inner part of the house as if to get some wheat, and they stabbed him in the stomach.” – 2 Samuel 4:5-6
By now you’d think people would start wearing some type of armor around their stomachs given the number of stomach stabbing taking place?!?!
“They had gone into the house while he was lying on the bed in his bedroom. After they stabbed and killed him, they cut off his head. Taking it with them, they traveled all night by way of the Arabah. They brought the head of Ish-Bosheth to David at Hebron and said to the king, ‘Here is the head of Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, your enemy, who tried to kill you. This day the Lord has avenged my lord the king against Saul and his offspring.’” – 2 Samuel 4:7-8
Wow! This is so messed up. They chopped off his head and carried it around!?!?
“How much more—when wicked men have killed an innocent man in his own house and on his own bed—should I not now demand his blood from your hand and rid the earth of you!” – 2 Samuel 4:11
David is not happy with the be-heading and good for him!
“So David gave an order to his men, and they killed them. They cut off their hands and feet and hung the bodies by the pool in Hebron.” – 2 Samuel 4:12
Unfortunately David carries the crazy even farther! Yikes! Cut off their hands and feet and hung them by a pool! This is so messed up! The moral in all of this? God loves you! J
Wow, was this chapter messed up. Brutal murder followed by corpse mutilation was the theme. Biblical moral values for you.
Coming Soon: Psalms – Chapter 6: For the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith. A psalm of David.