2 Samuel 3:22 At that moment the servants of David and Joab came from a raid and brought much spoil with them. But Abner was not with David in Hebron, for he had sent him away, and he had gone in peace.
23 When Joab and all the troops that were with him had come, they told Joab, saying, “Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he sent him away, and he has gone in peace.”
24 Then Joab came to the king and said, “What have you done? Look, Abner came to you; why is it that you sent him away, and he has already gone?
25 Surely you realize that Abner the son of Ner came to deceive you, to know your going out and your coming in, and to know all that you are doing.”
26 And when Joab had gone from David’s presence, he sent messengers after Abner, who brought him back from the well of Sirah. But David did not know it.
27 Now when Abner had returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him privately, and there stabbed him in the stomach, so that he died for the blood of Asahel his brother.
The Hebrew word for Abner means “my father is a lamp” or “father of light”
The Hebrew word for Joab means “Jehovah is father”
The Hebrew word for Asahel means “God-made” or “Created by God”
I saw something here this morning – Abner points to his earthly father, while Joab and Asahel’s names point to their Heavenly Father and Creator.
I searched the internet for a first mention of God as Father in the Old Testament and found very little. What I did find did not include the meaning of Joab and Asahel’s name which points directly to the Lord as Father.
The fact that in these scripture verses all three are referencing “father” intrigued me. I sat on this a bit and asked the Lord to speak more, regarding current events and further insight into the Word.
I looked up the Hebrew word for Sirah, the well where Abner was captured from. The word is sera, and means “The Turning”.
So here is what I see.
There are many from the “woke party” (my father is a light) who are turning, “switching sides” and want to help transfer the kingdom to the one chosen by God – “we the people” but some of the “enlightened ones” (my Father is Jehovah) still want vigilante justice for what the ‘woke’ party has done.
Christians – be warned.
You may have “eyes to see” and you may have been faithful like the brother of the prodigal son, but be very careful about taking matters into your own hands.
Calling a brother or sister a fool and calling them out as fools is a dangerous position to find yourselves in.
Matthew 5:1 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’
22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.
David denounces vigilante-ism and calls the action wicked and declares the Lord shall avenge the wickedness.
2 Samuel 3:31 Then David said to Joab and to all the people who were with him, “Tear your clothes, gird yourselves with sackcloth, and mourn for Abner.” And King David followed the coffin.
32 So they buried Abner in Hebron; and the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner, and all the people wept.
33 And the king sang a lament over Abner and said:
“Should Abner die as a fool dies?
34 Your hands were not bound
Nor your feet put into fetters;
As a man falls before wicked men, so you fell.”
Then all the people wept over him again.
35 And when all the people came to persuade David to eat food while it was still day, David took an oath, saying, “God do so to me, and more also, if I taste bread or anything else till the sun goes down!”
36 Now all the people took note of it, and it pleased them, since whatever the king did pleased all the people.
37 For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it had not been the king’s intent to kill Abner the son of Ner.
38 Then the king said to his servants, “Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel?
39 And I am weak today, though anointed king; and these men, the sons of Zeruiah, are too harsh for me. The Lord shall repay the evildoer according to his wickedness.”
Do everything you know to do to live in peace with your brother or sister, even if they still smell like their old ways. The Lord still judges wickedness.