Proclaim. Mobilize. Equip.
Call 866-865-6253

Violence and the Kingdom of God

September 22, 2018

The sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, set out, and about the heat of the day they came to the house of Ish-bosheth as he was taking his noonday rest. 2 Samuel 4:5

After Abner’s death, two men by the names of Baanah and Rechab take center stage in the story. These men were “captains of raiding bands” (4:2), so they had prominent positions in Ish-bosheth’s army.

With the death of Abner, it may be that these two were the next in line. And as the house of Saul became weaker and weaker, these men realized that they had a problem. They were on the wrong side. “What will happen to us when we fall into the hands of David, whose rule we have resisted and whose reign we have opposed?”

They knew that they were going down, so they decided to do something that, they thought, would put them in good standing with David.

Here we have the record of yet another cold-blooded murder. Baanah and Rechab walked into the house of the king as if they were going to pick up supplies (4:6). They went into Ish-bosheth’s bedroom and killed him while he was lying on his bed. Then they took the head of Ish-bosheth to present as a trophy to David (4:7).

These men assume that David is like them, that he will rejoice in what they have done, and that he will reward them greatly. After all, have they not opened the way for David to inherit the kingdom? But Christ’s kingdom does not advance through acts of violence.

In a world that often only cares about what will work, Christ calls us to care about what is right. “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Mat. 6:33).

Examine your heart to see if you care more about success than righteousness.


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.


Explore this topic further

Where Christ Will Be Seen in You

Rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ. 1 Peter 4:13 (NIV) Now why does Peter say, “Rejoice…that you participate in the sufferings of Christ?” Because if you share in his sufferings, you will also share in his glory (4:13). Christ was despised and rejected in this world, but now...

Read Post

What Life in This World Was Like for Jesus

The sufferings of Christ. 1 Peter 4:13 (NIV) Think about Jesus’ experience of life in this world and remember we have freely chosen to identify ourselves with Him and to follow Him. He worked as a manual laborer, making just enough to get by. He was never married and He...

Read Post

We Follow a Crucified Savior

Rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ. 1 Peter 4:13 (NIV) Our expectations of life in this world should be shaped not just by the reality of this fallen world, but by the fact that we have chosen to follow a crucified savior. If you follow a big...

Read Post
For your gift of any amount

Christmas Stories

A book by Pastor Colin Smith

Get Unlocking the Bible's Weekly Email

"This Week at Unlocking the Bible" features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates

We will never sell or misuse your information.

Year End banner

We need your support!
Learn more.