This devotional was written by my husband Ron. Hope you enjoy!
2 Sam 14 – 15:22
Well, this passage is jam-packed with intrigue. Absalom has been banished for killing Amnon. David was furious with Amnon’s rape of Tamar. This is what it says in Duet 22:25-26 about rape:
25 But if out in the country a man happens to meet a girl pledged to be married and rapes her, only the man who has done this shall die. 26 Do nothing to the girl; she has committed no sin deserving death. This case is like that of someone who attacks and murders his neighbor.
From what I can see, David did not administer justice to Amnon for his crime. Absalom eventually took matters into his own hands, avenged the rape of his sister and killed Amnon. But it was David the King’s place to carry out justice, not Absalom’s. It seems to me that Absalom’s bitterness towards his father for not carrying out justice for Tamar, and the sin of killing Amnon changed Absalom. Sin does change a person. It doesn’t appear to me that Absalom did anything close to God’s will after all of this.
Stay with me on all of this. The mosaic will soon take shape.
Joab killed Abner in a previous chapter which greatly upset David. Joab’s ruse (or appeal depending on how we look at it) with the woman from Tekoa was probably a way for Joab to get back into the graces of David as verse 2Sam14:22 suggests. Joab is loyal to David for the rest of his life so it doesn’t appear that Joab wants Absalom back for political maneuvering. Joab appeals to David’s emotions concerning his son Absalom.
I am not going to comment here but the woman from Tekoa laid out some interesting perspectives on God.
Absalom wanted to be king according to his own will so he devised a plan to steal the hearts of the Israelites. The praise for his outward attributes went to his head. We are easily deceived sometimes by outward appearances.
Eventually, Absalom’s plan works and David must flee Jerusalem. But, note in 2 Sam 15:12 that Absalom calls for one of David’s counselor’s, a man named Ahithophel. Later, in 2 Sam 16, Ahithophel will tell Absalom to sleep with one of David’s concubines in the sight of all of Israel – a total insult and defiance to David’s throne. Who is this man? Ahithophel was the father of Eliam (2 Sam 23:34), a great warrior of David. Eliam was the father of… Bathsheba! (2 Sam 11:3).
So now we see that Ahithophel conspired with Absalom against David because David committed adultery with Ahithophel’s granddaughter, Bathsheba, who Ahithophel no doubt deeply adored! The consequences of David’s sin with Bathsheba ran very deep. Ahithophel probably had deep respect for his grandson-in-law, obviously a good warrior with great integrity, Uriah, who was murdered at David’s command, but Uriah being innocent of any wrongdoing.
I am writing a lot here so I better stop with this: notice all of the revenge. Joab killed Abner for revenge. Absalom killed Amnon for revenge. Ahithophel conspired with Absalom for revenge against David. And Absalom rebelled against David because David did not mete out justice for Absalom’s sister, Tamar. Whew! Sounds like something out of the Middle East!
A definition of humble is one who uses his power for good. Jesus, since He was who He was, could have torched the whole contingent of Roman soldiers in a flash. But, aligned with God’s will, He simply confirms His Deity by knocking down the soldiers with His confession, with the same thing God said to Moses, “I Am.” Fascinating passage.
Peter is quite the character… first, ready to defend Jesus against Roman soldiers and then later denying that he even knows Jesus.
We all know about Judas and the ultimate betrayal. But what about this Temple guard who slapped Jesus, the Savior of the world? Words just cannot describe the folly of that man.
Annas, a high priest – imagine that, is the first of the pawns to send Jesus down the path to the cross. Why Annas treated Jesus (a threat to his power) like a criminal and had him bound is predictable… and evil.
Psalm 119: 97-112
The Psalms are always so rich regarding life, like chocolate. In verse 105, God gives us enough light for the path ahead, but we don’t see the whole winding road of our lives. We cannot see into the future, but God gives us enough light to make our way on the path. In verse 111, David delights in God’s Word. There are many things in life that we can take delight in. David emphasizes the opportunity we have to take delight in God’s Word. We do not live by bread alone, right? Have you ever had those biscuits at Red Lobster? Man they are good! But so is God’s Word and we can take great delight in it.