2 Samuel 2

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David is Anointed King over Judah

2 Samuel 2

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Lesson Number 2

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. David’s patience is a spiritual picture of Christ.
  2. Abner’s challenge is a spiritual lesson concerning conflict.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s ask the Lord first about our next move.


  1. What did David do after the death of King Saul and Jonathan?
  2. Why was Hebron a fitting first capital for David’s reign?
  3. Who was Ishbosheth? Who was Abner? What did these men do?
  4. How is David a picture of Christ in this chapter?
  5. Who was Joab? How did Joab and Abner become fierce enemies?


  1. After a time of mourning, he inquired of the Lord what he should do and where he should go.
  2. Hebron was the place where the patriarchs were buried. It was the area that Caleb had conquered for Judah. Hebron became one of the leading cities of Judah, since Jerusalem was in the hands of the Jebusites at this time.
  3. Ishbosheth was a son of Saul and Abner was the general of Saul’s army. Abner set up Ishbosheth as king over the remainder of Saul’s kingdom of Israel for two years.
  4. David was the rightful king over all Israel, but he waited patiently on God to bring the whole kingdom to him. This is a spiritual picture of Christ waiting for God the Father to bring in the earthly kingdom where the Lord will reign as king.
  5. Joab was the commander of David’s army (and David’s nephew). Joab’s brother Asahel was pursuing Abner in the woods, when Abner turned and killed him with the blunt end of a spear.


  1. 1. Discuss the earthly reign of our Lord as King. Right now our Lord is the rightful king, and is recognized as such by believers. But everyone will recognize Him as King; every knee will bow, when He returns to earth to reign. What is the Lord doing now?
  2. 2. A civil war resulted from Abner’s challenge to Joab. This could have been avoided if there were no challenge, and the men talked instead. Discuss how often conflicts in churches could be avoided if people would talk things out rather than constantly challenging one another. Refer to Galatians 5:15,26.


  1. Although David knew he was the rightful king, he consulted with the Lord before he made a move. Follow David’s example. Ask the Lord first, about your next move.

Key Verses

  • “Then the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.” 2 Samuel 2:4
  • “Shall the sword devour forever? Do you not know that it will be bitter in the latter end? How long will it be then until you tell the people to return from pursuing their brethren?” 2 Samuel 2:26

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