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

                        bad decision 

                        poor example 

                        exposed sins


David's lament for Absalom sounds like a flood of remorse 

            an agony of things

                        done or

                        not done.




David 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;
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
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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