A Christian Journey

Casualties Of War

“But her husband went with her, weeping behind her all the way to Bahurim.  Then Abner said to him, Go back. And he did so.”  2 Samuel 3:16   Amplified

As we go through the books of the Bible to see what the Lord has to say through the 3:16 verses, some are harder than others.   So what can we get from today’s verse.

As a little summary of the book leading up to this verse.  King Saul and his son Jonathon, David’s best friend, have been killed.  Even though David is certain he’ll become the next king he does the right thing by leading the people to mourn God’s anointed.  Some tried to rationalize that since Saul disobeyed the Lord he was no longer anointed.  David didn’t take that same view.  Though Saul had sinned, God still loved him.  We can be grateful that as believers that’s true of us too. 

David was anointed king of Judah, but Saul’s general, Abner, was still leading Israel.  Verse one of chapter three says that David grew stronger and the house of Saul grew weaker.  Abner realized that he wasn’t prevailing so he tried to make peace with David.  David agreed, with the stipulation that Saul’s daughter, Michal, be brought to him.  Saul had given his daughter to David years earlier when David was in Saul’s court.  Once Saul realized that David was chosen by God to be king he feared David and ran him off giving Michal to another man.

In our verse today it describes Michal’s first husband as going with her and weeping all the way.  Abner finally had to tell him to go back home and he did, I suppose he really loved her.

This verse speaks to me of the casualties of war.  Whether the war is between two countries, two families, or two people, it’s never good.   Lives are lost or torn.  In the 18th verse Abner tells the people that the Lord spoke saying, By the hand of My servant David I will save My people Israel from the hands of all their enemies.  We need to live by that belief that for us today Jesus has saved us from our enemies and we should do battle with no one anymore.

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