2 Samuel 13:30-39… 36 As soon as he had finished speaking, behold, the king’s sons came and lifted their voices and wept; and also the king and all his servants wept very bitterly.
V.36 The result of Absalom’s sin in killing his brother A was heartbreak and morning over the death of Amnon in David’s household for 3 years B. Immediately Absalom fled because of his sin. The truth behind his flight is biblical. The world loves the darkness and hates the light because in the darkness our sin is concealed, while in the light all its ugliness is on display. One of the signs that our hearts are falling in love with sin may be a retreat from the people of God.
Not only did Absalom flee, but he fled from Israel back to the Gentile homeland of his mother. Often when we fall into sin, we flee from the light back to the dark to our old ways. When we pursue sin and flee from our brothers and sisters, the church suffers and weeps. Jesus came that we might have abundant life. C The life He purchased for us by His death, burial, and resurrection is a life of holiness, separated from sin and united with Him and His people.
When we feel the temptation of sin, we should not flee into the darkness, but bring it into the light, acknowledge our sin, confess and repent.
Disciples praise Jesus today, who is the light of the world and that He has transferred you from the kingdom of darkness into His kingdom of light.
Ask that Jesus would help you put on the full Armor of God to fight the temptation to sin each day. Ask that He would empower the church to fight sin together, in fellowship and union with one another.
Notes: A- 2 Samuel 13:28-29; B- 2 Samuel 13:37-39; C- John 10:10b; D- I am indebted to help from the FBC Personal Study Guide for Summer 2018 p. 49 & I recommend your using it for a study of 2 Samuel – click here.
Henry Luke 7/25/2018