In our passage today, we see two men (Rechab and Baanah) kill Ishboseth, who is the son of Saul. Rechab and Baanah thought they were doing justice for David. Their intent to kill Ishboseth was for the sole purpose of making sure David became king. They thought since Saul, who was the king, had died his son would take the throne over Israel, but that was not God’s plan. If you remember back in 1 Samuel 16, David is anointed as king over Israel. This means once Saul dies, David will become king. God picked David to be king, and yet these guys (Rechab and Baanah) tried to take the matter into their own hands. This ultimately cost them their life (v. 12).
Notice in verse 11 David calls Ishboseth a righteous man: “How much more, when wicked men have killed a righteous man in his own house on his bed, shall I not now require his blood at your hand and destroy you from the earth?”
Here’s what we need to understand: We may think we are doing a righteous act, but if it against God, then it is a wicked act. David was going to be king because God had ordained it, not because Ishboseth was now dead.
Are you truly following God and trusting His plans? Or are you taking matters in your own hands and relying on your own ability and knowledge?
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice