Revenge Threatens Peace & Safety

Calvary Life Family Worship Center

2 Samuel 3:22-39 When Joab heard Abner came to David and left in peace, he was angry with David. Joab was more concerned about getting revenge than for the nations peace and safety. Consequently, he operated in deceit and killed Abner. His actions could have wrecked the newly formed alliance with Israel and weaken the nation before her enemies. David, however, spoke boldly against Joab. “…,’I and my kingdom are innocent before the LORD forever of the blood of Abner the son of Ner. May it fall on the head of Joab and all his father’s house;…’” (29a). David publicly mourned Abner’s death calling the nation to join him. His response pleased the people and through God’s grace the nation remained united. We must not allow our desire for revenge or justice to interfere with the peace and safety of God’s people. We remember Paul’s warning in Romans: “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,’ says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19).