Knowledge & Wisdom
And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months. Now Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ishbosheth the son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon. And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David, went out and met them by the pool of Gibeon. So they sat down, one on one side of the pool and the other on the other side of the pool. - >2 Samuel 2:11-13
David’s men, led by Joab, and Ishbosheth’s men, led by Abner, met by the pool of Gibeon. They were not meeting to talk things over. They were not trying to work out an agreement and end the division of the nation in a diplomatic way. They were going to get into hand-to-hand combat in a second. Notice, Abner and his men were the first to come out in an aggressive move.
When Joab saw Abner and his men gather in Gibeon, he knew they were coming out militarily, so he took his men out to meet them. They were not going to back down from this obvious threat. They were men of war.
Both of these commanders were men of the flesh. They were carnal men. They did not seek God’s guidance. They were not like David. They saw a threat and they stood up to face the threat. They did not trust in the Lord. They trusted in their weapons and strength.
Wait until you see what happens when men rely on themselves instead of the Lord. I will tell you, it is not good. Nothing good will come when we fail to seek God’s wisdom and set out on our own limited knowledge.
Without God we cannot trust reason, sense, experience, intuition, or any other methods purported to give knowledge.
~W. Andrew Hoffecker~
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