2 Samuel 3: Self-Control Is a Virtue
2 Samuel 3 shows us the tragic death of Abner. He had been rising through the house of Saul, and it seems that as the war was finally winding down between the house of David and the house of Saul, he had quite a bit of power.
2Sa 3:6 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.
Because the war was pretty much over, Abner decided that he was going to help get Israel under David’s control.
2Sa 3:12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, Whose is the land? saying also, Make thy league with me, and, behold, my hand shall be with thee, to bring about all Israel unto thee.
However, not everyone was too thrilled about this process. In particular, Joab thought that this offering of peace was nothing more than a trap.
2Sa 3:24 Then Joab came to the king, and said, What hast thou done? behold, Abner came unto thee; why is it that thou hast sent him away, and he is quite gone?
2Sa 3:25 Thou knowest Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive thee, and to know thy going out and thy coming in, and to know all that thou doest.
David was still not worried, but Joab decided to take everything into his own hands and murder Abner.
Obviously, something went wrong here.
It seems that the main problem was that Joab did not like the fact that Abner was going to be joining an alliance with David. We don’t necessarily know why he was upset outside the fact that he didn’t trust Abner, but I think that it is important to note that the problem with this situation was his reaction.
He did not have to trust Abner. Nobody told him that he had to automatically run out and support the idea of the treaty. However, the physical reaction to these emotions was the major problem here.
We have been given human emotions, and sometimes we will be upset. That does not mean that we can act on those emotions all of the time. Even though it might seem “natural,” God tells us that we need control ourselves.
Pro 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.