SH'MU'EL BET (2 Samuel) Chapter 4

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Dalet – door;way.

Sh’mu’el Bet 4:1-3 Now when Ish-Boshet, Sha’ul's son, heard that Avner had died in Hevron, he lost courage, and all Israel was disturbed. And Sha’ul's son had two men who were commanders of bands: the name of the one was Ba’anah and the name of the other Rekhav, sons of Rimmon the Be’eroti, of the sons of Binyamin (for Be’erot is also considered part of Binyamin, and the Be’erotim fled to Gittayim, and have been aliens there until this day).

Avner was a key person in the kingdom and now that he was dead Ish-Boshet was afraid that his kingdom was in jeopardy.

Sh’mu’el Bet 4:4 Now Y’honatan, Sha’ul's son, had a son crippled in his feet. He was five years old when the report of Sha’ul and Y’honatan came from Jezreel, and his nurse took him up and fled. And it happened that in her hurry to flee, he fell and became lame. And his name was M’fivoshet.

Sad isn’t it. Today a few broken bones can normally be mended and you can be back up and walking around before you know it. In that day a nasty accident meant you were crippled for life. We will learn more about M’fivoshet in the coming chapters.

Sh’mu’el Bet 4:5-8 So the sons of Rimmon the Be’eroti, Rekhav and Ba’anah, departed and came to the house of Ish-Boshet in the heat of the day while he was taking his midday rest. And they came to the middle of the house as if to get wheat, and they struck him in the belly; and Rekhav and Ba’anah his brother escaped. Now when they came into the house, as he was lying on his bed in his bedroom, they struck him and killed him and beheaded him. And they took his head and traveled by way of the Aravah all night. Then they brought the head of Ish-Boshet to David at Hevron, and said to the king, "Look, the head of Ish-Boshet, the son of Sha’ul, your enemy, who sought your life; thus the L-RD has given my lord the king vengeance this day on Sha’ul and his descendants."

Ish-Boshet was killed by his own men. This was a pretty low act, to kill him while he was in his own bed. Then they expect David to welcome them with open arms, it seems they did not know David very well at all.

Sh’mu’el Bet 4:9 And David answered Rekhav and Ba’anah his brother, sons of Rimmon the Be’eroti, and said to them, "As the L-RD lives, who has redeemed my life from all distress,

David glorified G-d and not man for taking away his enemies. Redemption is one of the four stages of Holiness. Again, David did not order the death of Ish-Boshet and was not pleased he was killed because he was still Sha’ul’s son. If you honor a man you also honor his son. He also claims no fault with Ish-Boshet. In the same manner, it does not please us that Yeshua was killed even though His death brings to us redemption and we become closer to G-d. He was and is still the son of David. If you honor David you should honor his son Yeshua. He is also the son of G-d. If you honor the Father you should honor the Son –Yeshua.

Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son's name? Surely you know!

Only his human nature died but we know he rose again and sits at the right hand of the father.

Acts 2:32-36 This Yeshua did G-d raise up, whereof we all are witnesses. Being therefore by the right hand of G-d exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of Ruach HaKodesh, he has poured out this, which you see and hear. For David ascended not into the heavens: but he says himself, The L-rd said to my Lord, Sit on my right hand, Till I make your enemies the footstool of your feet. Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly, that G-d has made him both L-rd and Messiah.

Sh’mu’el Bet 4:10-12 when one told me, saying,' Look, Sha’ul is dead,' and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and killed him in Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his news. How much more, when wicked men have killed a righteous man in his own house on his bed, shall I not now require his blood from your hand, and destroy you from the earth?" Then David commanded the young men, and they killed them and cut off their hands and feet, and hung them up beside the pool in Hevron. But they took the head of Ish-Boshet and buried it in the grave of Avner in Hevron.

David’s valued human life and had respect for the son of King Sh’aul. This is similar to Yeshua response to those who came for him in the garden. Kefa (Peter) had expected Yeshua to fight back and took up his sword and cut off the ear of one of the men who had come for Yeshua. However, Yeshua healed the man by reattaching his ear and rebuked Kefa..

Yochanan (John) 18:10-11 Shimon Kefa (Simon Peter) therefore having a sword, drew it, and struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear; and the slave's name was Malchus. Yeshua therefore said to Kefa (Peter), "Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?"

Luke 22:50-51 And a certain one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Yeshua answered and said, "Stop! No more of this." And He touched his ear and healed him.