In these passages is the account of mighty warriors gathering to David at Hebron after the death of King Saul. The people were aware of God’s intention to make David King, as this was prophesied through the Prophet Samuel. Those who were receptive to God’s instructions provided through Samuel were ready and willing to make David their King.
It is interesting to me how God communicates to mankind. In King David’s day God spoke through prophets. The prophets perceived God’s instructions and then passed them on to the people. Of course, there were also false prophets who Satan used to deceive the people.
The Bible says that we can discern false prophets from true prophet’s by observing the outcome of their prophecies. If what was prophesied did not come to pass, they were false prophets.
The same can be said of believers. There are true believers and there are false believers. How can one discern between these? The Bible says true believers can be known by the fruit of their lives. A true believer produces good fruit, and a false believer produces bad fruit.
Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” Apart from Jesus one cannot produce good fruit.
How then does one abide in Jesus? The Bible says that Jesus is the living Word of God. Therefore one abides in Jesus by abiding in the Word of God, the Bible, and living their lives accordingly. Then their lives will bear good fruit.