2 Samuel 3:27-29 (KJV)
And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the fifth rib, that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.
And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless before the LORD for ever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner:
Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all his father’s house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an issue, or that is a leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that falleth on the sword, or that lacketh bread.
I am intrigued by David’s affirmation that he is guiltless before the Lord concerning the death of Abner. We know that he made this statement as much for political reasons as anything else. He wanted his nation to know that he had nothing to do with assassinating Abner and he wanted Saul’s followers to know the very same. I can see some ways to argue this that would give David some culpability.
- He must have known that Joab was still bitter against Abner for the death of his brother.
- He could have supervised Joab more thoroughly
- He could have (but didn’t) punish Joab for killing Abner
Maybe David didn’t handle this situation perfectly but he was still able to say, “I and my kingdom are guiltless before the Lord..”
There is a spiritual parallel that exists for every true child of God. We too can say we are guiltless before the Lord because we are, in fact, guiltless before the Lord. This is not to say that we are perfect, that we never sin and that we couldn’t have handled things better than we have. Truth be told, there are things yet to happen we could handle better than we will. That being said, it is still the fact that we who are saved may confidently, boldly and even publicly proclaim that we are guiltless before the Lord.
The reason is Christ. It is not because of any good thing that we have done but because of the perfect thing that Christ has done.
- The incarnation of Christ
- The righteous life of Christ
- The substitutionary death of Christ
- The victorious resurrection of Christ and
- The heavenly intercession of Christ
Insures that, because of Christ, we are guiltless before the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
To my reader:
I wonder, can you boldly, confidently and publicly proclaim that you are guiltless before the Lord? I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.
2 Samuel 3:27-29 (KJV) I Am Guiltless
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