Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 3:6-11. Abner was strengthening his position during the war between the house of David and the house of Saul. Saul had a concubine named Rizpah, who was the daughter of Aiah. Ishbosheth asked Abner why he slept with his father’s concubine. Abner was very angry at his brother’s accusations.
Abner asked his brother who he thought he was. Abner told his brother that he had been faithful to the house of Saul and to his friends and family. He told him that he hadn’t handed him over to David. Yet his brother brought these accusations up concerning this woman. We have no way of knowing whether the accusations against Abner were true or false.
Abner told him may God deal with me if I don’t turn the house of Saul over to David and make him king over both Israel and Judah.
His brother couldn’t even answer Abner because he was too afraid of him.
Abner wasn’t the only one who ever had accusations brought against him. David addresses this in Psalm 38:20, “Those who repay my good with evil lodge accusations against me, though I seek only to do what is good.”
Has anyone ever brought accusations against you? Whether the accusations were true or not, the fact that someone you cared about would accuse you may upset you. It is human nature to want people to trust us and when we find out they don’t it’s upsetting.
Daily Bible Reading:
2 Samuel 3:6-11
6 And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong for the house of Saul.
7 And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah: and Ishbosheth said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou gone in unto my father’s concubine?
8 Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ishbosheth, and said, Am I a dog’s head, which against Judah do shew kindness this day unto the house of Saul thy father, to his brethren, and to his friends, and have not delivered thee into the hand of David, that thou chargest me to day with a fault concerning this woman?
9 So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the LORD hath sworn to David, even so I do to him;
10 To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beersheba.
11 And he could not answer Abner a word again, because he feared him.
Things to think about:
- Of what did Abner’s brother accuse him?
- What was Abner’s response?
- How do you respond to accusations brought against you?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We see in this Scripture in 2 Samuel that Abner’s brother made accusations against him. Help us to know how to respond when accusations are made against us. Help us to respond in a way that is pleasing to You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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