2 Sam 2:1-32
After the death of Saul, David inquired of the Lord if he could return to Hebron, and God told him yes! So he went to Hebron and the men there anointed him as king over Judah. he also commended the bravery of the men of Jabeshgilead in burying Saul. However, Abner the captain of Saul’s army made Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, king over the rest of Israel. This was the beginning of dichotomy between Israel and Judah – the house of David and the house of Saul.
So, one day, Abner with his men, and Joab (David’s captain) with his men met by the pool of Gibeon and started a war by inviting their young men to fight each other. The combat deteriorated into war with Asahel, Joab’s brother (one of the three sons of Zeruiah – Joab, Abishai and Asahel) running after Abner until he was killed. The enmity would have deteriorated further until the war was called off and both armies returned.
It is clear from this passage that there’s still division in the land with supporters on either ends of the Saul and David spectra. How would this be resolved? How would enmity end?
Some verses to remember
vs 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?