David had many wives, did not discipline his children, Absalom killed his half-brother, Amnon, because Amnon raped Absalom’s sister Tamar, Amnon’s half-sister. Because of these events, Absalom fled and lived as an outcast for three years. David longs to see Absalom but refuses to let him back in because of what he has done. Absalom likewise desires to see his father, David.
After 3 years Joab devises a wise plan using a woman of Tekoa in vv.2-20. The plan works and David lets Absalom back into Jerusalem, but refuses to see him! Absalom lives separated from his father until one day after 2 years he gets fed up with it. He sets fire to one of Joab’s fields and forces Joab to set up a meeting between him and David. Joab succeeds, father and son reunite, and this part of the story ends with David giving Absalom a kiss. vv.24-33
The woman of Tekoa says the following: ” 14 Yet God does not [simply] take away life, but devises plans so that the one who is banished is not driven away from Him.”. This woman teaches David and us that God is a God of reconciliation and restoration, not banishment. Do you recognize that you were an outcast, banished from the presence of God? But by His grace, God devised a means for you to be reconciled with Him!
Have you ever been in a major conflict with someone? Have you ever effectively banished someone from your life or the reverse? What does today’s passage teach you about the importance of a wise reconciliation plan? B
Notes: A- 2 Samuel 14:14b AMP; B- For reconciliation and peace-making click here; C- I am indebted to help from the FBC Personal Study Guide for Summer 2018 p. 50 & I recommend your using it for a study of 2 Samuel – click here.
Henry Luke 7/26/2018