Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 2.1-11
2 Samuel 2.1-11
Then it came about afterwards that David inquired of the Lord, saying, "Shall I go up to one of the cities of Judah?" And the Lord said to him, "Go up." So David said, "Where shall I go up?" And He said, "To Hebron." So David went up there, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite. And David brought up his men who were with him, each with his household; and they lived in the cities of Hebron. Then the men of Judah came and there anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, "It was the men of Jabesh-gilead who buried Saul." David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead, and said to them, "May you be blessed of the Lord because you have shown this kindness to Saul your lord, and have buried him. Now may the Lord show lovingkindness and truth to you; and I also will show this goodness to you, because you have done this thing. Now therefore, let your hands be strong and be valiant; for Saul your lord is dead, and also the house of Judah has anointed me king over them." But Abner the son of Ner, commander of Saul's army, had taken Ish-bosheth the son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim. He made him king over Gilead, over the Ashurites, over Jezreel, over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, even over all Israel. Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, was forty years old when he became king over Israel, and he was king for two years. The house of Judah, however, followed David. The time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.
In this passage we see a brief snapshot of time, a synopsis really of what may have been several years. Additionally, this was a time of deep political unrest. Sound familiar? David had received God’s anointing and blessing as the next king, however not all the people saw it that way.
Ish Bosheth (let’s just call him Ish for short) was a lesser son of King Saul. Sadly, Saul’s eldest son had previously died in battle. Jonathan had been a good man, full of the Lord’s favor, and best friend of David. Additionally, it is likely that Jonathan would have David crowned king over all the land following the death of Saul, but it was not to be.
The peoples of Judah soon anointed David as their king. And so, David waited. He sent emissaries to the northern kingdom to offer himself up as their king, but they would not relent. Sound familiar? When Jesus came to the earth in the bonds of flesh, he offered himself up to the nation of Israel as their Messiah, indeed, as their king. Israel rejected Him.
Much like David having to wait for the kingship over all the land of Israel, Jesus waits today. He waits that those who do not yet know Him to have time to come to a saving knowledge of His heavenly kingship. He waits for His second coming. Once He returns … time’s up.
So, for us that do know and trust Him, keep lovingly and gently working on those relationships you have with those who are yet without such faith. Patience can be rewarded. I think the prophet Isaiah said it better than I can express: How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, "Your God reigns!" Isaiah 52.7
Go in peace and bring some good news today to someone who needs it.
Weekly Memory Verse: But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1.5