One day Abner son of Ner set out from Mahanaim with the soldiers of
Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, headed for Gibeon. Joab son of Zeruiah, with
David’s soldiers, also set out. They met at the Pool of Gibeon, Abner’s
group on one side, Joab’s on the other. Abner challenged Joab, "Put up your best fighters. Let’s see them do their stuff." 2 Samuel 2:12-14 (TM)
"Boys will be boys." Wendy and I were watching football on Sunday and Wendy commented on all the jawing, smack, and trash-talk that was going on between the players. It really hasn’t changed in thousands of years. I’m not saying it’s the most admirable quality, and it has gotten the world into more bad than good. John Eldredge writes about the more admirable side of these qualities in Wild at Heart. He discusses how God intentionally made males looking for a battle to fight, an adventure to live and a woman to save. In today’s chapter, you can feel the tension between the boys, Abner and Joab, as they lead their respective teams to the pool of Gibeon – see each other across the pool. You can hear the trash talking begin, the boasting and challenges being hurled at one another until they just had to settle things once and for all.