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Tuesday, April 22 2014
2 Samuel 3: The War Between The Houses of David and Saul
"Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker"
The first actual battle of the Israelite civil war was a decisive victory for David (see 2 Samuel 2: King David Of Judah). It was the beginning of a conflict in which "David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker." During it all, the house of David grew (see also The Wives Of King David).
"3:1 Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.
Abner had been the losing army commander for the house of Saul. He was not only a poor general; he was a man whose only actual loyalty and patriotism was to himself. When he saw that he was losing the war, Abner defected to David with the offer, not of a legitimate military surrender, but of betrayal to his troops and to his king: "Make thy league with me, and, behold, my hand shall be with thee, to bring about all Israel unto thee." David accepted his offer because he knew that it would surely end the war very quickly.
"3:6 And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong for the house of Saul. 3:7 And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah: and Ishbosheth said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou gone in unto my father's concubine?
Abner did not long survive his new allegiance; he was murdered by Joab in revenge for Abner's legal battlefield killing of Joab's brother Asahel. David expressed grief and anger at the killing because it could have resulted in the army that Abner brought with him to return to war against David. It nevertheless did not, "For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not of the king to slay Abner the son of Ner."
"3:22 And, behold, the servants of David and Joab came from pursuing a troop, and brought in a great spoil with them: but Abner was not with David in Hebron; for he had sent him away, and he was gone in peace. 3:23 When Joab and all the host that was with him were come, they told Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he hath sent him away, and he is gone in peace.
Fact Finder: Who gave the Israelites their military laws?
This Day In History, April 22
238: The Year of the Six Emperors: The Roman Senate outlawed emperor Maximinus Thrax and nominated two of its own Senators, Pupienus and Balbinus, to the throne of Rome (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1124: Alexander I, king of Scotland, died. King from 1107, he was succeeded by his brother David.
1145: The 19th recorded passage of what is now known as Halley's Comet.
1370: Construction began of the Bastille, a medieval fortress on the east side of Paris, at the order of Charles V.
1500: Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral, on a voyage to India, sailed far to the southwest and discovered Brazil, claiming it for Portugal. The land was first sighted earlier that year by a Spanish explorer, Vincente Yanes Pinzon, but he failed to claim it for Spain.
1509: Henry VIII ascended to the throne of England.
1519: Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortés established a "settlement" (i.e. a garrison) at Veracruz, Mexico.
1529: The Treaty of Saragossa, which divided Spanish and Portuguese interests in the Pacific Ocean, was signed.
1793: Prior to the U.S. becoming an imperial power itself, U.S. President George Washington issued a Proclamation of Neutrality for the U.S. to not become involved in the imperial wars between France and Britain. Washington recognized that France supported the rebellion of the New England colonies for no other reason than to reduce the British military presence in North America, so that France could eventually widen its own colonies in and from Louisiana in the south and eastern Canada in the north. France had no interest in anyone's "freedom" (while aiding the rebellion of the New England colonies, France tolerated no independence in any of its own colonies in North America). Washington repeatedly warned throughout his presidency, and later through his retirement years, against the U.S. ever becoming the very same sort of "rise and fall" imperial empire that Washington had just fought against. One of the greatest ironies of Washington's political legacy is that the capital city that is named after Washington became a worldwide symbol of the very same colonial imperialism that Washington himself actually detested and rebelled against.
1834: The Quadruple Alliance was formed by Britain, France, Portugal and Spain, supporting Isabella II's claim to the Spanish throne against Don Carlos.
1838: The British steamship Sirius became the first to cross the Atlantic from Britain to New York solely on steam power. The journey from Cork to New York took 18 days, 10 hours.
1889: Territory in Oklahoma, formerly the free lands of native American (the "Indians" didn't have a concept of owning land), was opened to white settlers. About 50,000 settlers rushed in on the first day.
1912: Pravda, the "voice" of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, began publication in Saint Petersburg.
1915: The Battle of Ypres (in Belgium) began. It was the first major battle for Canadian troops in the First World War. The Germans released chlorine gas (the first use in warfare), forcing the unprepared French army to retreat. The 1st Canadian Division and British troops rushed to halt the German advance. It took a week of fierce fighting and counterattacks involving more gas before the German attack was brought to a halt.
1933: Frederick Henry Royce, co-founder of the English auto company Rolls-Royce, died.
1944: The British 1st Air Commando Group, using Sikorsky R-4 helicopters, became the first to use helicopters in combat.
1948: During the Israeli War of Independence (the "1948 Arab-Israeli War"), Haifa, the major port of Israel, was captured from Arab forces (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1991: Intel released the 486sx processor.
1994: Richard Nixon, who resigned the office of U.S. president due to the Watergate criminal investigations, died at age 81.
2005: Philip Morrison died at age 89. He was a prominent member of the "Manhattan Project" that developed the U.S. atomic bombs that incinerated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Morrison later became popularly known from his book and PBS series entitled The Ring Of Truth.