Summary: This sermon deals with the problems in multiple marriages. waiting on God, and who the Holy Lands really belong to.

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David's Mistakes And Abner's Treachery

2 Samuel 3:1-16

1 Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. But David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.

2Sons were born to David in Hebron: His firstborn was Amnon by Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;

3his second, Chileab, by Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite; the third, Absalom the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur;

4the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital;

5and the sixth, Ithream, by David's wife Eglah. These were born to David in Hebron.

6Now it was so, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner was strengthening his hold on the house of Saul.

7And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah. So Ishbosheth said to Abner, "Why have you gone in to my father's concubine?"

8Then Abner became very angry at the words of Ishbosheth, and said, "Am I a dog's head that belongs to Judah? Today I show loyalty to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers, and to his friends, and have not delivered you into the hand of David; and you charge me today with a fault concerning this woman?

9May God do so to Abner, and more also, if I do not do for David as the LORD has sworn to him--

10to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul, and set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan to Beersheba."

11And he could not answer Abner another word, because he feared him.

12Then Abner sent messengers on his behalf to David, saying, "Whose is the land?" saying also, "Make your covenant with me, and indeed my hand shall be with you to bring all Israel to you."

13And David said, "Good, I will make a covenant with you. But one thing I require of you: you shall not see my face unless you first bring Michal, Saul's daughter, when you come to see my face."

14So David sent messengers to Ishbosheth, Saul's son, saying, "Give me my wife Michal, whom I betrothed to myself for a hundred foreskins of the Philistines."

15And Ishbosheth sent and took her from her husband, from Paltiel the son of Laish.

16Then her husband went along with her to Bahurim, weeping behind her. So Abner said to him, "Go, return!" And he returned.

David has been crowned king of Judah

The remainder of the nation of Israel is ruled by Ishbosheth.

It has been a long, hard battle for David.

David was anointed king by Samuel

when he was 16.

He is now 37 years old.

David has endured 21 years of struggles.

Last week in chapter 2, a civil war broke out

between Judah and the rest of Israel.

They are still in civil war as we open chapter 3.

The northern tribes are being led by Ishbosheth,

the son of Saul.

Abner is his military commander.

All 11 of those tribes are following Ishbosheth.

David is in the south in Hebron; with just one tribe,

the tribe of Judah.

He was anointed by them after he left Ziklag,

the city of the Philistines,

and came to his home in Judah.

Chapter 2 told us that the first battle has resulted in casualties.

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