Beware of the Troublemakers

Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.

2 Samuel 4:5-7(NIV)
Now Rekab and Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, set out for the house of Ish-Bosheth, and they arrived there in the heat of the day while he was taking his noonday rest. They went into the inner part of the house as if to get some wheat, and they stabbed him in the stomach. Then Rekab and his brother Baanah slipped away.
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.

2 Samuel 4:5-7 (MSG)
One day Baanah and Recab, the two sons of Rimmon, headed out for the house of Ish-Bosheth. They arrived at the hottest time of the day, just as he was taking his afternoon nap. They entered the house on a ruse, pretending official business. The maid guarding the bedroom had fallen asleep, so Recab and Baanah slipped by her and entered the room where Ish-Bosheth was asleep on his bed. They killed him and then cut off his head, carrying it off as a trophy. They traveled all night long, taking the route through the Arabah Valley.
“So the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, left and came to the house of Ish-bosheth in the heat of the day while he was taking his midday rest. They came into the interior of the house as if to get wheat [for the soldiers], and they struck him in the stomach. Then Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped [unnoticed]. Now when they entered the house he was lying on his bed in his bedroom. They [not only] struck and killed him, [but] they also beheaded him. Then they took his head and traveled all night by way of the Arabah.” -AMPLIFIED

Things have not been going well for Ish-bosheth and they are about to get even worse. Remember, Abner, his general and right-hand-man has been killed. He has fallen into a state of depression and lost all courage because he knows that he is nothing without the backing of Abner; that was how dependent he was on Abner.

Civil strife threatened to erupt at any time within the kingdom. In fact, it would begin within Ish-boseth’s own ranks. “Ish-Bosheth had two men who were captains of raiding bands—one was named Baanah, the other Recab. They were sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, a Benjaminite. (The people of Beeroth had been assigned to Benjamin ever since they escaped to Gittaim. They still live there as resident aliens.)” -2 Samuel 4:2-3 (MSG)

These two men were major trouble-makers and they would be Ish-bosheth’s demise. “Baanah and Rechab, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, hatched a plan. They set out, and they came to Ish-bosheth’s residence during the noonday heat as he was taking a nap. They crept inside the house as if to get some wheat. There they stabbed Ish-bosheth in the abdomen while he lay asleep on his bed, killing him. Then Rechab and his brother Baanah cut off Ish-bosheth’s head and escaped. They carried his head away and traveled all night across the desert plains.” -2 Samuel 4:5-7 (VOICE)

Baanah and Rechab thought that they were “HELPING” David. They thought that they would be greatly rewarded for what they had done. They were sadly misguided. They took Ish-bosheth’s head and presented it to David in Hebron with a very cocky attitude. “Here is the head of your enemy, Ish-bosheth, son of Saul, who tried to kill you. Today the Eternal One has avenged my lord, the king, against Saul and his clan.” -2 Samuel 4:8 (VOICE)

David’s response to their gift was not at all what they expected. “As the Eternal One lives, the One who has redeemed my life from every danger, when the messenger brought me the word, “Saul is dead”—as though that would be some reason for me to rejoice, that would get him a reward—I seized him and had him killed at Ziklag. That was his reward for bringing me such news. How much more do you deserve to be punished, you wicked men who kill a righteous man in his own bedroom? Don’t you imagine that now I’ll make you answer for his blood with your own and wipe you from the face of the earth?” -2 Samuel 4:9-11 (VOICE)

David commanded his men to kill Baanah and Rechab. He then had their hand and feet cut off and their bodies hung out in public as a warning to anyone else who thought it would be a good idea to go after Saul’s family. Then Ish-bosheth’s head was taken and respectfully honored and then buried in Abner’s tomb.

Beware of the trouble-makers! In fact, Solomon warns us of this:
“Someone who struts around taking advantage of unsuspecting souls
and deceiving others is to be avoided.
With a wink of his eye, a quick shuffle of his feet,
and a slight gesture with his hand, he signals his roguish treachery.
With a warped mind and twisted heart, he constantly looks for his own gain at others’ expense,
causing friction everywhere he goes.
But you watch: his actions will bring sudden disaster!
In an instant, his life will be shattered,
and there will be nothing to save him.
Take note, there are six things the Eternal hates;
no, make it seven He abhors:
Eyes that look down on others, a tongue that can’t be trusted,
hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that conceives evil plans,
feet that sprint toward evil,
A false witness who breathes out lies,
and anyone who stirs up trouble among the faithful.” -Proverbs 6:12-19 (VOICE)

My Prayer:
Lord, help me to not be a stirrer up of trouble, but a peace-maker. Help me also to steer clear of those who stir up trouble. I desire to be pleasing to you. I want to bring harmony and support to the family of God, not dissension and problems. Work in my life Lord Jesus and make me more like you, I pray.