Read 2 Samuel 4 – Flashback to the vow David made to Jonathon in 1 Sam 20:15 “ treat my family with this faithful love, even when the LORD destroys all your enemies from the face of the earth.” Now, recall what happened in 2 Samuel 1 when the Amalekite man took credit for killing Saul, and was punished by death.
In Chapter 4, two of Ishbosheth’s own captains sneak into his room and kill him while he sleeps. Ishbosheth was already defeated in spirit at the news of Abner’s death, yet they murdered him, and brought his head to David, seeking reward. They received the same reward as the Amalekite man.
In vs. 4:4 We are introduced to Jonathon’s lame son, Mephibosheth, but no more is said about him. Hang on to this verse, we will learn more about him in upcoming chapters.
David’s integrity is evidenced in Chapter 4. He keeps his word to Jonathon, and does not approve of revenge against Saul’s family. Can you think of a time in your life where doing the right thing was unexpected or inconvenient, yet you did it? Integrity is a priceless virtue.