Notes from the Journey with David – 46

46. The length of time David was king in Hebron over Judah was seven and a half years (2 Samuel 2:11).
IshBosheth’s brief reign over Israel isn’t counted among the kings of Israel, but one wonders if these years felt so insignificant to David. David had been anointed by Samuel and likely still had the chants of “David has slain his ten thousands” ringing in his ears. Was he not God’s choice? Was he not the people’s choice? But if the intervening years have taught anything, surely David has learned to wait for the road to open clearly. To many, David is an outlaw. Only when the people want him as king, will the job truly be his. So he bides his time in Judah and refuses to force his hand against Saul’s inferior son.

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