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Week 16 Day 4
When Absalom returned to Jerusalem from his exile
father and son did not make peace with each other
Their relationship was never restored
David's form of punishment was to
These were things he did not learn from God!
So now their private discord
moved to the public arena
and ended on a battlefield.
Although the past cannot be altered
nor its inevitable consequences changed
forgiveness opens the way
for the one who forgives
and the one who is forgiven,
to meet and be at peace in the present
and to walk into the future
with gratitude and joy.
The roots of discord go deep
Absalom could trace his rage to the rape of his sister
The rape could be traced to other variables within the household
maybe even a father's
David's lament for Absalom sounds like a flood of remorse
an agony of things
MourningDavid was torn between public duty and private affection. II Samuel 18 & 19
1David numbered the people with him, and set captains
over them. 2He sent out one third of the people under Joab,
one third under Abishai, and one third under Ittai. 5David
had commanded Joab, Abishai, and Ittai, saying, "Deal gently
for my sake with the young man Absalom." All the people
heard when the king gave orders concerning Absalom.
6So the people went out into battle against Israel in the
woods of Ephraim. The people of Israel were overthrown
and a great slaughter of twenty thousand took place that day. 8The woods devoured more people than the sword.
9Then Absalom met the servants of David. Absalom rode
on a mule. The mule went under the thick boughs of a great
terebinth tree, and Absalom's head caught in the terebinth; so he was left hanging between heaven and earth. The mule
which was under him went on. 10A certain man saw it and
told Joab, "I just saw Absalom hanging in a terebinth tree!"
11So Joab said, "You just saw him! Why did you not strike
him there to the ground?"
14Then Joab took three spears in his hand and thrust them
through Absalom's heart, while he was still alive in the midst
of the terebinth tree. 15And ten young men who bore Joab's
armor surrounded Absalom, and struck and killed him.
33The king was deeply moved and went to the chamber
over the gate, and wept. As he went, he said, "O my son
Absalom--my son, my son Absalom--if only I had died in your place! O Absalom my son, my son!"
1Joab was told, "The king is mourning for Absalom."
2So the victory that day was turned into mourning. 3And
the people stole back into the city as people who are
ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.
5Then Joab came to the king, and said, " You have
disgraced all your servants who today have saved your life,
the lives of your sons and daughters, the lives of your wives
and your concubines, 6in that you love your enemies and
hate your friends. You have declared today that you regard
neither princes nor servants; for I perceive that if Absalom
had lived and all of us had died, it would have pleased you
well. 7Now therefore, arise, go out and speak comfort to
your servants. If you do not go out, not one will stay with
you this night." 8Then the king arose and sat in the gate. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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