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July 29 2018
2 Samuel 19:1-15
In 2 Samuel 15 we read how Absalom cunningly conned much of Israel into following him instead of his father King David. In 2 Samuel 19 Absalom’s insurrection ended with him being killed by David’s army.
In this passage we see: 1) the destruction that comes from disobeying God 2) the power of emotion and familial love 3) the power of counsel and 4) the power of being unified by a common trust in God.
Absalom’s selfish attempt to overtake his father’s kingdom was folly and the price for his sin was his life.
When David heard the news that his son was dead he broke down covered his face and cried “My son Absalom! Absalom my son my son!” (2 Sam. 19:4). Regardless of the fact that Absalom had become his enemy David couldn’t help but love his son. It’s never easy to lose a close family member or child regardless of their failures in life. In this emotional depiction we are presented with David’s raw humanity.
We can understand David’s sorrow following Absalom’s death from the perspective of a father grieving the death of his son. However in grieving his son David was also grieving the one who had attempted to take his rightful throne. This understandably did not sit well with David’s people as it made them feel that their king stood on the side of his enemy instead of on the side of his people. It took the counsel of Joab a fellow believer to remind David of his kingly role and responsibilities to his people.
Upon receiving Joab’s counsel David reached out to the priests Zadok and Abiathar who sent word petitioning his people to return to him and they did.
“So he won over all the men of Judah ... Then the king returned” (2 Sam. 19:14-15).
The counsel David received from Joab reminds me of the counsel that I receive from my Christian brothers and sisters during my own trials of life. I thank God that He made us to live in communion with fellow believers – that we might help one another.