2 Samuel 20:1
"We have no portion in David, and we have no inheritance in the son of Jesse; every man to his tents, O Israel!"
The conflict between "all the men of Israel" and "all the men of Judah" in 2 Samuel 19:41-43 escalates into more than just angry words. A worthless man, named Sheba, called for the rejection of David as king of Israel. Verse 2 says "all the men of Israel withdrew from David and followed Sheba." This act would break the covenant agreement in 2 Samuel 5:3 where the elders of Israel anointed David as king. This attempted coup was a foreshadow of the divided kingdom following Solomon's reign.
How fickle is mankind? The Israelites just said in 2 Samuel 19:43, we have ten times as much right to king David as you Judeans. Besides, we brought him back as our king before you. Now they have no interest in David at all and reject him as king.
In Luke 19:11-27 Jesus told a parable before entering Jerusalem to the people's praise, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!" In this parable, a nobleman goes to a far country to receive a kingdom. Before leaving he gave his servants money to invest for him while he is gone. But some of his citizens who hated him, went to the coronation to protest. Their grievance was "We do not want this man to reign over us." When the nobleman, now king, returned to those servants to whom he had given money, they were required to give an account of what they did with his assets. In verse 27, Jesus says, "But for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me."
David was not the only king of Israel who had subjects who refused his rule and authority. In the parable, which Jesus told almost a week before His crucifixion, He was the King about to receive a kingdom. In Mark 15:9 Pilate asked: "Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?" But the crowd, the same people who a week earlier had declared him King, cried out for the release of Barabbas. Pilate responded, "Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?" The crowd cried out, "Crucify him."
It is as if the people in Jerusalem, like Sheba, cried out, "We have no portion in Jesus, we have no inheritance in the Son of God!" Psalm 2 foretold of the people plotting in vain against the LORD and His Anointed. But the LORD said, "I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill. You are my Son...I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession." Psalm 2 concludes "Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him."
King Jesus, we agree with Jeremiah "The LORD is my portion, says my soul. Therefore, I will hope in him." Jesus, You are my King. I know with You as my portion I have a blessing greater than life itself.