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May 14, 2018

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Reading along with us in 2 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Samuel 14 (ESV)

Now Joab the son of Zeruiah knew that the king’s heart went out to Absalom.And Joab sent to Tekoa and brought from there a wise woman and said to her, “Pretend to be a mourner and put on mourning garments. Do not anoint yourself with oil, but behave like a woman who has been mourning many days for the dead. Go to the king and speak thus to him.” So Joab put the words in her mouth.

When the woman of Tekoa came to the king, she fell on her face to the ground and paid homage and said, “Save me, O king.” And the king said to her, “What is your trouble?” She answered, “Alas, I am a widow; my husband is dead. And your servant had two sons, and they quarreled with one another in the field. There was no one to separate them, and one struck the other and killed him. And now the whole clan has risen against your servant, and they say, ‘Give up the man who struck his brother, that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed.’ And so they would destroy the heir also. Thus they would quench my coal that is left and leave to my husband neither name nor remnant on the face of the earth.”...Continue Reading

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  1. “Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, my lord the king, in that the king has granted the request of his servant.” 23So Joab arose and went to Geshur and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.

  2. In the same way that Nathan reveals David’s sin by describing a scenario that mirrors David’s poor judgement, Joab does the same with this woman’s story. This is one of the many times that Joab proves himself to be a faithful friend and supporter of David. And David sees Joab’s hands all over it but appreciates the effort. And David once again follows the advice of the lesson of the story, but only partially here. It is hard to understand why David would bring Absalom back to Jerusalem but then not see him. May we never be so passive, distant or elusive when reconciliation is necessary.

    And although Absalom’s action of burning Joab’s fields is not correct, we can understand his frustration waiting 2 years to see the king. It is not hard to imagine that David’s lack of reaching out to Absalom created in part the dynamic of Absalom taking over the kingdom.

    The account of Absalom’s hair is kind of funny too. It seems like Absalom’s good looks went to his head as well.

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