2 Samuel 4

2 Samuel 4:1
4:1 When Ish-Bosheth son of Saul heard that Abner [the man who had established Ish-Bosheth as Israel’s king (2 Sam. 2:8-9); the power behind the throne (cf. 2 Sam. 3:11)] had died in Hebron, he lost courage, and all Israel became alarmed.

2 Samuel 4:5-6
4:5 Now Recab and Baanah [served Ish-Bosheth as leaders of raiding bands (4:2)], the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, set out [with malicious and premeditated intent to murder Ish-Bosheth] for the house of Ish-Bosheth, and they arrived there in the heat of the day while he was taking his noonday rest [Ish-Bosheth was most vulnerable at this time].

Note: Do you refuse to take advantage of others in order to get what you want? In what ways do you act with an attitude that fosters integrity? How well do you measure on the scale of integrity? Do you prize the attainment of your goals above the means used to achieve them? Do you take advantage of situations that could cause others to question your integrity?

4:6 They went into the inner part of the house as if to get some wheat, and they stabbed him in the stomach [and then decapitated him (4:7)]. Then Recab and his brother Baanah slipped away [they traveled all night to David’s court in Hebron (4:7-8)].

2 Samuel 4:9-11
4:9 David answered [did not answer in the way Ish-Bosheth’s murderers had hoped] Recab and his brother Baanah [these men had underestimated David’s integrity and determination to do things God’s way and wait on His timing], the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, [David took an oath…] “As surely as the LORD lives, who has delivered me out of all trouble,

4:10 when a man [the Amalekite messenger (1:1-16)] told me, ‘Saul is dead,’ and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and put him to death in Ziklag. That was the reward I gave him for his news!

4:11 How much more [David felt that the actions of Baanah and Recab were worse than that of the Amalekite]—when wicked men have killed [in a cowardly manner and with self-serving motives] an innocent [Ish-Bosheth had done nothing to warrant his death] man in his own house and on his own bed [helpless and defenseless]—should I not now demand his blood from your hand [accountability] and rid the earth of you! [David ordered the execution of the two men (4:12)]

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