David reactions to
the assassination of Abner: 

  • Abner (the son of Ner) was sent to David at
    Hebron, 
  • He was to tell him that all Israel and Benjamin had agreed to make
    him king over the united Israel, 
  • At the gate, Joab took Abner aside and
    killed him. (iv) This was to avenge for the blood of Asahel, his brother,
  • When David heard it he said, “he and his kingdom are guiltless before the
    Lord for the blood of Abner”. 
  • He remarked that the blood of Abner
    fall upon the head of Joab and all his father’s house, 
  • David ordered Joab
    and his people to rent their clothes, gird on sack-cloth and mourn for Abner. 
  • And king David followed the bier to the grave of Abner questioning
    whether Abner should die as a fool dies, 
  • David expressed surprise that
    Abner’s hands were not bound nor the feet fettered 
  • David mourned for him,
    refusing to eat. 
  • All the people came to persuade David to eat bread while
    it was yet day. 
  • But David vowed not to eat until sunset, 
  • All the
    people took notice of it and were pleased. 
  • All Israel understood that day,
    that it had not been the kings will to slay Abner, the son of Ner. 
  • The
    king declared that a prince and a great man had fallen in Israel,
  • Though
    he was now the announced king over Israel, Abner’s death destabilized him.

Lessons: 
  1. Abner had the spirit of reconciliation to be
    emulated, 
  2. Joab’s treachery should be condemned because he acted contrary
    to God’s commandment, 
  3. David’s humility, 
  4. David’s open-mindedness. 
  5. David’s sense of justice, 
  6. David’s fear of God.
  7. Need to
    appreciate/acknowledge people’s worth, 
  8. Need to forgive enemies.