A Truce is Called
Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 2:24-32. Joab and Abisha trailed Abner until sundown when they arrived at Ammah which is before you get to Giah on the way to Gibeon.
The men of Benjamin rallied together on top of a hill to continue their quest to conquer Abner.
Abner called out to Joab asking him if the sword would devour forever. He also asked Joab didn’t he realize that this would end in bitterness. Abner wanted to know how long before Joab would tell his men to stop following him.
Joab answered Abner saying, as sure as God lives if you hadn’t spoken they would have followed you until morning.
Joab blew a trumpet, and all the men stood still, and no longer pursued Israel, or fought with them.
Abner and his men continued on their journey. They walked all night through the plain, over Jordan. They also went through Bithron until they came to Mahanaim.
When Joab returned from following Abner and gathered all the men together, they were missing nineteen of David’s servants and Asahel.
David’s men clearly won the battle. They killed three hundred sixty of Benjamin and Abner’s men.
They took Asahel and buried him in his father’s sepulcher that was in Bethlehem. Joab and his men traveled all night until they came to Hebron at the break of day.
We all go through battles in our lives. Have you ever been in a battle with someone? Sometimes you hear of family feuds that last for years or even decades. Eventually someone has to call a truce or the battle will go on forever.
Daily Bible Reading:
2 Samuel 2:24-32
24 Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner: and the sun went down when they were come to the hill of Ammah, that lieth before Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon.
25 And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after Abner, and became one troop, and stood on the top of an hill.
26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren?
27 And Joab said, As God liveth, unless thou hadst spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother.
28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.
29 And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plain, and passed over Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and they came to Mahanaim.
30 And Joab returned from following Abner: and when he had gathered all the people together, there lacked of David’s servants nineteen men and Asahel.
31 But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abner’s men, so that three hundred and threescore men died.
32 And they took up Asahel, and buried him in the sepulchre of his father, which was in Bethlehem. And Joab and his men went all night, and they came to Hebron at break of day.
Things to think about:
- Why was Joab and his men pursuing Abner?
- How many of Abner’s men were killed in the battle?
- How many of David’s men were killed in the battle?
- Who was responsible for calling a truce?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see there was a hot pursuit for Abner and his men. Eventually Abner spoke up and asked how long the battle was going to continue. Help us to call a truce or ask for forgiveness in order to stop conflicts from continuing. Help us to lean on You to lead us in these types of situations. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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