Notes from the Journey with David – 47

47. The battle that day was very fierce  and Abner and the men of Israel were defeated by David’s men (2 Samuel 2: 17).
Civil War often triggers the deepest anger. Fighting against those we do not know for a just cause brings determination, but typically not hatred. Fighting against those we know adds the more vicious component. This unusual battle spends the pent up energy contained in each of David’s men. They have been prevented from fighting Saul, but now the chance to battle the army of his son allows the long-boiling rage within to unleash. Sadly, once the hatred is spent, Civil War proves the most devastating as well.

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