2 Samuel 4:7 They had gone into the house while he was lying on the bed in his bedroom. After they stabbed and killed him, they cut off his head. Taking it with them, they traveled all night by way of the Arabah. They brought the head of Ish-Bosheth to David at Hebron and said to the king, “Here is the head of Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, your enemy, who tried to take your life. This day the LORD has avenged my lord the king against Saul and his offspring.”
Forgive me for titling this entry, “you’re an idiot.” Hopefully that doesn’t offend you. Quite frankly, there were no other words to describe what I was feeling about these two guys who killed Ish-Bosheth. Their names were Recab and Baanah and they were thugs. They thought they were pretty amazing for killing Ish-Bosheth and marched off to take the great news to David.
There are lots of things that bothered me about what they did, but two things really stick out. First, they did it for their glory. Imagine their thought process: they would be the ones who handed Israel over to David. They did the dirty job that no one wanted to do so that David could become king. Imagine their dreams of glory. I bet they expected to be praised and promoted, too. David would surely put them in charge of his armies.
Secondly, they brought God into their wickedness. They tried telling David that the Lord had avenged him against all the wrongdoing that Saul had done to him. What in the world? Bringing God into your sinful decisions is never a good idea. Justifying your wrongful actions in His Name is downright shameful.
So what happened to these thugs? Did they get their glory and their fame? Did God shine upon them and pour out His blessings for killing Ish-Bosheth in His name? Not even close. David looks at them and basically says, “you’re idiots.” Then he kills them. You see, God doesn’t need help with justice. He doesn’t need His people to repay evil with evil. He has called us, the church, to love the world. Injustice happens – it’s true. But we must be content with God giving us our blessings and God dealing with those who persecute us. For if we are to stand clean before Him, we probably shouldn’t have blood on our hands.