Abner, the Kingmaker — Part One
Second Samuel 3 relates a story charged with ambition, sex, power, and politics. Arrogantly fancying himself the kingmaker, Saul’s army commander, Abner, defected to David’s expanding dynasty. Yet David’s imperfect, convoluted path to the throne wasn’t the result of human calculation or manipulation. Rather, God was accomplishing His plan despite, and even through, the messy circumstances. As Alistair Begg points out, only when God’s love is revealed and we believe in Jesus can we take our place on the right side of history.
Topics: Biblical Figures, Christ as King, Providence of God, Temptation, Trusting God
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You Are the Man—Part One
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You Are the Man—Part Two
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