‘…Should Abner have died as fools die?’ 2 Samuel 3:33 NLT
The absolute fool. Abner slew a man called Asahel, whose brother happened to be Joab, King David’s number one general. So Joab was out to take Abner’s life. The tragedy of this story is that Abner was within reach of Hebron, one of the six cities of refuge. But instead of running into that city and enjoying its protection, he allowed the enemy to catch him outside the gates and kill him. ‘They buried Abner in Hebron… Then the king sang this funeral song, "Should Abner have died as fools die?"’ (2 Samuel 3:32-33 NLT) Abner was the absolute fool. Why? Because unlike the atheistic fool who did not believe in God, or the ambitious fool who had no time for God, he knew what to do-but didn’t do it. There were no rivers to cross, no mountains to climb, and no price to be paid. The gates of Hebron were open; all he had to do was go in and stay there.
Imagine being given a Gospel tract with these words on the cover: ‘What must I do to be lost?’ Then opening it and finding that page is-blank. You don’t have to do anything to be lost! But you must do something to be saved: ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…’ (Acts 16:31 NKJV)
When Mary brought the newborn Christ to the temple, an old priest named Simeon held Him in his arms and said that he was ready to die, because he had seen the Saviour of the world. (Luke 2:25-32) In order to die right you must meet Christ, embrace Him, and acknowledge Him as your Lord and Saviour. Why don’t you do it today! (Go to page 24 of this booklet.)
SoulFood: Acts 27-28, Mark 9:14-29, Ps 49, Pr 11:16-18
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012