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May 18, 2018

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

2 Samuel 18 (ESV)

Then David mustered the men who were with him and set over them commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. And David sent out the army, one third under the command of Joab, one third under the command of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, and one third under the command of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said to the men, “I myself will also go out with you.”But the men said, “You shall not go out. For if we flee, they will not care about us. If half of us die, they will not care about us. But you are worth ten thousand of us. Therefore it is better that you send us help from the city.” The king said to them, “Whatever seems best to you I will do.” So the king stood at the side of the gate, while all the army marched out by hundreds and by thousands. And the king ordered Joab and Abishai and Ittai, “Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom.” And all the people heard when the king gave orders to all the commanders about Absalom.....Continue Reading

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  1. And the Cushite answered, “May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up against you for evil be like that young man.” 33 And the king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And as he went, he said, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”

  2. It seems as quickly as Absalom rises to power, he faces defeat and death. It is interesting that David’s men are trying to protect David and David is trying to protect Absalom. If only David had showed as much sacrificial interest in his son before when it would do more good. It is also interesting that Absalom’s demise comes about by virtue of his hair. In an earlier chapter it appears his hair was a thing of notoriety and an element of his handsome features that we can assume became a thing of pride for Absalom. And as they say pride comes before your hair getting caught in a branch (or before a fall, which ever you deem worthy to repeat…)

    There might be mixed reviews on Joab’s action here. As with some other things Joab does…is he thinking of himself or David….or at least thinking he is doing something better for David than David may realize? I do believe that is what is happening here. David is being soft which is fighting for a father but not for the king.

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