Notes from the Journey with David – 52

52. Good, said David. I will make an agreement with you. But I demand one thing of you. (1 Samuel 3:13).
When a man shifts loyalties, as Abner seeks to do in joining David’s side, there is much at stake. Can he be trusted? Will he turn against me and rejoin his former friends? David would understand this threat given that he had offered himself as a friend to Philistine leaders and an enemy to Saul. But Abner’s shift is the largest piece of the puzzle that brings David the kingdom. So David requires something of Abner. His request to bring Michal, Saul’s daughter, to him as wife would forever compromise Abner’s relationship with Saul’s family. There would be no going back. David’s wisdom in breaking Abner’s former connections made the General’s loyalties more certain–a wise move when accepting a leader from the other side.

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