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May 19, 2018

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

2 Samuel 19 (ESV)

It was told Joab, “Behold, the king is weeping and mourning for Absalom.”So the victory that day was turned into mourning for all the people, for the people heard that day, “The king is grieving for his son.” And the people stole into the city that day as people steal in who are ashamed when they flee in battle.The king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, “O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!” Then Joab came into the house to the king and said, “You have today covered with shame the faces of all your servants, who have this day saved your life and the lives of your sons and your daughters and the lives of your wives and your concubines, because you love those who hate you and hate those who love you. For you have made it clear today that commanders and servants are nothing to you, for today I know that if Absalom were alive and all of us were dead today, then you would be pleased......Continue Reading

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  1. Then Joab came into the house to the king and said, “You have today covered with shame the faces of all your servants, who have this day saved your life and the lives of your sons and your daughters and the lives of your wives and your concubines, 6because you love those who hate you and hate those who love you

  2. Tragic in many ways
    Absalom driven by self
    David fears him flees then asks his men who are risking their lives for him to be gentle
    Joab recognizes this for what it is and kills Absalom while he is caught in a tree
    David mourns the loss of his son so deeply it bothers Joab
    Lot of moving parts here

  3. Joab once again holds up a mirror for David to look at himself and see how his behavior as king is effecting other people. It’s a role all of us should be willing to play in others lives and have others play in our lives. Iron does sharpen iron as one friend does for another, catching the blind spots in our lives.

    It is interesting to see all the things that happen upon David’ s return. Judah is challenged to be the first to welcome him back as king and it leads to a pretty bitter dispute with the rest of Israel at the end of the chapter. Makes one think where were all you guys when Absalom was taking over so are they just currying favor with the king? Shimei also sees the error of his ways and repents for criticizing David and David is gracious to him in response. It’s a good picture of repentance and forgiveness (and protection) that flows because of it. Things are also cleared up around Mephibosheth. Ziba is exposed as the liar he is. And M. shows his dedication to David by not shaving or bathing while David is deposed. And then finally this rich elderly man who has supported David chooses to not follow David back but provides one of his servants to both serve and be blessed in his stead. It’s a subtle lesson that we do get to a point where the work is better left to the younger….

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