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READING: 2 Samuel 14-15 – Absalom, Brought Home, Steals the Hearts of Israel!


“Joab perceived David yearned for Absalom.” He got a woman to get David to bring Absalom home. She said she was a widow whose sons fought with no one to stop them. One killed the other; now the village wants to kill the murderer and leave her without sons. David said he would protect her son. She said, “This decision convicts you, for you do not bring your son home.” 

She said, “God will devise plans not to keep an outcast banished forever.” This woman told us something important. God is more interested in redeeming sinners than in condemning them to hell. 

David sent Joab to bring Absalom home, but said, “He is not to see me.” Absalom lived two full years in Jerusalem without seeing David. Absalom wanted Joab to get him to the king, but Joab wouldn’t talk. He set Joab’s field on fire to bring Joab. Absalom told Joab, “It would’ve been better for me to stay in Geshur.” Joab told David; David summoned Absalom. When Absalom came, he prostrated himself before David, and David kissed him. 

“In all Israel there was no one praised for his beauty as Absalom; there was no blemish in him.” He looked good.  

He got a chariot and fifty men to run before him about the city. He made a dashing figure about town. 

He would get up early to stand at the gate of David’s city. He would greet people coming for judgment by David. He would call, “From what city are you?” The person would answer, and Absolom would talk about the case he wanted to lay before the king. Absolom would say, “Your claims are good, but there is no one deputed by the king to hear you. If only I were a judge in the land! I would give everyone justice Absalom said this to every Israelite who came for judgment, stealing the hearts of the people.”  

After four years, he asked David if he could fulfill a vow, made in Geshur that if he returned to Israel, he would worship God in Hebron. Ironically, David said, “Go in peace.” 

Absalom sent secret messages to people in all Israel, saying, “When you hear the trumpet, shout, ‘Absalom has become king in Hebron!’” He sent for Ahithophel, David’s counselor, as “the conspiracy grew in strength and people kept coming to Absalom.”  

A messenger told Daved, and he and all with him fled to the wilderness. David left home with his household, except for ten concubines he left behind. His officials and mighty men came with him. 

Hushai was too old to keep up; he was to overcome Ahithophel’s advice and others were messengers to bring word to David. 

So Hushai, David’s friend, came into the city, just as Absalom was entering Jerusalem. 

How different from how David waited for God to make him King! He was in the wilderness to avoid Saul. Now he hides there from Absalom. 

How did David get into this mess? 

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PRAY FOR YOURSELF 

Lord, David made mistakes, so many that I cannot name them all. He had too many wives; he did not talk enough with his sons as they grew into manhood. He did not speak to Amnon after he raped Tamar – and evidently not much before that. He left Absalom three years in Geshur and two in Jerusalem without speaking to him. Is it any wonder that this man whose sister was raped, and no one held accountable, and his father didn’t talk with him or even see him for five years, was upset with his father. Show me how to heal broken relationships and to strengthen all of my relationships with others, is my prayer, in the Name of the One who made a way to deliver me from my sins in this evil generation, AMEN. 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU (and for myself) 

Father, my prayer for those who read this is that we may never think that we are exempt from David’s trials as long as we are in this world. Help us in our personal and family lives to avoid the mistakes of David. Teach us how to follow Your ways. Keep us from the evil one who seeks to devour us. This is my prayer, in the name of Jesus, AMEN! 

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