Abner died as a fool dieth. February 4
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 the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth? Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet put into fetters: as a man falleth before wicked men, so fellest thou. And all the people wept again over him. 2 Samuel 3:27,33-34
Abner had, in self defense, slain Asahel, Joabs brother. Abner was a leader of the northern armies of Israel and Joab was a leader of the armies of Judah, the southern portion of Israel. At this time Israel was divided and there was sore war between the two. After Abner slew Joabs brother, Joab was out for revenge, but Abner had found safety in A city of refuge, called Hebron. Much time had passed and even peace between the two portions of Israel was in the works. Eventually David would become king of all Israel. But Joab did not want peace, he wanted revenge. So He called for Abner to come out of the city so they could “talk”. Abner thought, Joab now wants peace, I will be safe. There at the city gate, probably with a deceptive smile and maybe even a kiss Joab greeted Abner but he had something else to give abner, a knife in his heart. When David heard the news, he was heartbroken, because Abner was a good man. Then David says something we all need to pay attention to. David says, Abner you died like a fool dieth, your hands were not tied, neither were your feet. See Abner was a strong warrior, He had gotten to be general of the army, not by politics, but by his many accomplishments on the battlefield. But here in our story, He puts down his guard, for whatever reason and goes right into the enemies hands. This is a lesson for us all. Keep your guard up in your relationship with Jesus Christ. Never listen to your enemy the devil, when he tempts you to come his way. I can assure you, he doesn’t have your good on his mind, he’s out for revenge. Let’s not be foolish or get involved with foolish things that pull us away from God. We’ve been given all we need to be kept safe and even win victorious for our Lord, let’s use them. May it never be said of us, they died like a fool dieth.